Borvonan (Obi) Vattanawong

Borvonan (Obi) Vattanawong will carry the torch for SFU on February 11 at 10:15 am. (photo illustration)

Thai undergrad to carry Olympic torch for SFU

February 4, 2010

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Thai-born SFU student Borvonan (Obi) Vattanawong will carry the Olympic torch for the university on Feb. 11 at 10:15 am in Burnaby, just days before the 2010 Winter Games begin. His route will start at the transportation centre and turn left onto University Drive West (on the north side of the West Mall complex).

A third-year undergraduate in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), Vattanawong’s video entry in the SFU torchbearer contest was entitled "World of Opportunities" ( It captured his university experience and explained why SFU matters to him. Vattanawong moved from Thailand to Vancouver three years ago and is
currently studying at both the Burnaby and Surrey campuses. He plans to donate his Olympic torch to SIAT as a gesture of gratitude for what he has learned in the program.

Criminology grad and 2000 Olympic wrestling gold medalist Daniel Igali will light the Olympic cauldron at Surrey’s Holland Park Olympic celebration site on Monday, February 8, 5–7 pm.

SIAT professor and former Olympic sailing athlete Rob Woodbury, and history professor André Gerolymatos are also Olympic torchbearers.


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