Thousands were on hand for the announcement by Mayor Susan Fennell at the City‟s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting festivities at Brampton City Hall that Bennett, a 2009 graduate of the Sheridan School of Business Tourism and Travel program, was the final torch bearer and lighter of the Olympic cauldron for the City of Brampton.
“The Olympic Winter Games inspires all of us to celebrate athletic achievement, excellence and the pursuit of dreams. We are thrilled to be part of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay,” said Mayor Fennell. “And we are even more honored that our final torchbearer, Ryan Bennett, will make Olympic Torch Relay history in Brampton.”
Brampton‟s Olympic Torch Relay ceremony took place at 6 pm, Friday, December 18, at City Hall. Bennett received the Olympic Torch at the entrance to Gage Park, across from City Hall, and cruised his sled around the outdoor skating trail before he and the torch were transported to a wheelchair where he wheeled himself and the Olympic Torch to the event stage, and lit the Olympic cauldron.
“I’m very honoured and excited about the opportunity to do this – What an amazing night! One I will never forget,” said Bennett.