Top Canadian amateur Nick Taylor is scheded to run the torch relay heading up to the Canadian Olympics — but there’s an issue, according to Kent Gilchrist in the Province:
Proud father Jay Taylor is thrilled his talented son, golfer Nick Taylor, has been selected to carry the Olympic Torch. It just would have been nice if Jay could have spoken to someone about the time constraints the University of Washington senior will have to get to his allotted post in Merritt and not his hometown of Abbotsford.
The younger Taylor is in Hawaii with his Husky teammates and won’t return to Seattle until 9:40 p.m., Saturday. His leg of the Olympic torch relay is in Merritt at 7 a.m., Sunday.
Neither Abbotsford MLA Mike DeJong, who nominated Nick for the honour, nor RCGA executive director Scott Simmons have had any more luck than Jay in finding a sympathetic ear, let alone someone to actually offer advice.
Let me get this straight — the torch run is put on largely by RBC. RBC just put millions into Canadian professional and amateur golf, including the Canadian Open. Are you telling me the Taylor family doesn’t know how to get a hold of RBC’s marketing guru, Jim Little, the man with the cash for golf, and that RCGA ED Scott Simmons doesn’t have Little on speed dial if there’s an issue? Of course if the government is sponsoring this and the MLA can’t get anything done, who exactly is to blame? Taylor could always drop out if it is too difficult to make.