Chantel Rompfer of Halkirk joined the thousands of Olympic torchbearers last week when she carried the Olympic flame in the evening hours of Tuesday, Feb. 2 in Port Hardy, B.C.
“This was a pivotal experience in my life. I felt like all of my hard work towards achieving my goals paid off, and bearing the torch was a moment where I could recognize my hard work and be proud of myself and of my fellow Canadians,” Rompfer said after her once-a-lifetime experience.
“I felt ecstatic. I felt like I was walking on air! I laughed and cried all at the same time and hugged everyone around me,” she said describing her feelings immediately after she finished her run.
When asked about her thoughts at the end of the run, she told journalists: “This event epitomizes the fact that anyone can choose to challenge mediocrity and be a champion in their own way.”