2010 Winter Paralympics opening ceremony

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The 2010 Paralympic cauldron, lit by Zach Beaumont, 15, from Delta.
IPC logo (2004).svg 2010 Winter Paralympics

The Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Paralympics was held on March 12, 2010 beginning at 6:00 pm PST (02:00 UTC, March 13) at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The event was officially opened by Governor General Michaëlle Jean,[1] representative of Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.[2]


National anthem[edit]

Canada's national anthem, "O Canada", was performed by singer Terry Kelly, a blind former Paralympian. Mari Klassen signed the anthem in American Sign Language (ASL). Hundreds of children stood in the shape of a maple leaf in a formation.[3]

Parade of the Nations[edit]

The participating countries marched in, with Andorra coming first, and the nations entered in alphabetical order of their country names in English, and ending with the host nation, Canada. Canada has the greatest number of athletes with 55.

Betty and Rolly Fox, the parents of Terry Fox, carried the Paralympic torch into the stadium.

Artistic section[edit]

Entry of the Paralympic Flag[edit]

The flag was carried into the stadium. It was then transferred to members of the Canadian Forces' Soldier On program: Sgt. Karen McCoy, and Master Cpl. Mike Trauner, who then raised the flag.[6]

Paralympic Oaths[edit]

Canadian ice sledge hockey player Herve Lord took the athlete's oath as a representative of each of the participating Paralympic competitors.[6] Canadian curling official Linda Kirton took the official's oath on behalf of each officiating Paralympic referee or other official.[7]

Dignitaries and other officials in attendance[edit]

60,000 spectators in blue, white and green plastic ponchos, waved lighted pom-poms.


Media coverage[edit]

Live broadcast:

The ceremony was aired live on ParalympicSport.TV, and approximately two hours after it ended, it became available as Video on Demand (VOD).[1]

Delayed coverage:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ParalympicSport.TV to Broadcast Opening Ceremony LIVE". March 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Role of the Governor General". Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG). Archived from the original on 16 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "One Inspires Many: a celebration of ability, courage and the human spirit at Opening Ceremony for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games", newswire.ca, March 12, 2010
  4. ^ Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games officially opened at B.C. Place, March 12, 2010
  5. ^ Okay, this is getting better, The Vancouver Sun, March 12, 2010
  6. ^ a b Paralympic Games kick off in Vancouver, National Post, March 12, 2010
  7. ^ Abby curl official to read Paralympic oath, AbbyNews.com, March 8, 2010

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