Darryl Picov is eagerly awaiting his opportunity to carry the torch through Uxbridge for the 2015 Pan Am-Parapan games on Monday, June, 8.
He was first nominated for the honour of carrying the torch by Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor and Uxbridge councillors earlier this year.
Picov spends most of his time giving back to his community. He has volunteered for Relay for Life, as well as with; Trinity Church, the Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter and North House, a local charity that provides programs to assist the homeless.
“I’m dedicated to help anybody out there,” Picov said. “I work with special needs and I love helping anybody who needs help in the world.
He is no rookie at being a torch bearer. This is his second time around, the last came when he carried the flame past Canadian Tire in Uxbridge for the 2013 Special Olympics.
Picov must next go through a trial run, where the nominees will be shown how to carry the torch. There is just one thing he asks of the organizers beforehand.
“I’m going to ask them to give me gloves because I don’t want my hands to burn when I carry the torch,” he said.
The torch will also travel through Port Perry, Whitby, and Beaverton on June 8. Each torch bearer will run approximately 200 metres. There will be 3000 torch bearers in total across Ontario.
The relay will begin in Canada on Saturday, May 30 and will travel through 130 communities.
The Pan Am games open on Friday, July 10. The Parapan Am games get underway on Friday, August 7.