Torchbearer… not a ringbearer…
Trio Named for Flame
The Evening Post – May 4, 2000
America’s Cup yachting hero Russell Coutts, Lord Of The Rings film maker Peter Jackson and double Olympic swimming champion Danyon Loader will be torch-bearers for the Olympic Flame’s first visit to New Zealand next month.
Coutts, Jackson and Loader are a few of the higher profile names added to the list of torchbearers yesterday, just a month before the flame makes its visit to New Zealand from June 5-7.
Coutts, skipper for a second America’s Cup win in March, won a yachting gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
Loader, who won two gold medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, said it was a great privilege to carry the flame.
“I’m looking forward to being part of the torch relay – it’ll be good to put on the running shoes instead of a swimsuit.”
Wellingtonian Jackson will leave the film set of Lord Of The Rings especially to take part in his hometown leg of the relay.