After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

BC Premier Gordon Campbell Seeks to Put "Good Foot" Forward Before Attempting Backward Somersault on Robson Square Zipline

The Premier tests out the Zipline at Robson Square in a photo by Cathi Atmadjaja

“I had no practice first. The only practice I’ve had is stepping off the ledge of other proverbial cliffs," said Premier Gordon Campbell as he prepared to take off on the Robson Square zipline.


Campbell took one step forward.  Then he told the Ecotours crew in charge of the event to “hang on one sec” so he could find his “good foot." Five minutes later, he let go, zipping through Ziptrek Ecotours’ feature attraction of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.

Since its Whistler inception in the summer of 2002, founders David Udow and Charles Steele have created this zipline tour in North America with a mandate “to provide an experience that far and away exceeds your expectations while following a sustainable business model and promoting the importance of The Natural Step Framework for sustainability both locally and globally.”

“It’s great for people to see the opportunities down here. There’s a whole bunch of festival activities, concert activities, information activities here in downtown Vancouver during the Olympics and I want everyone to know that it’s there for them, it’s open for them, it’s free for them, it’s their Olympics for them to have a good time,” Campbell said.

When asked his thoughts about the Olympics being a week away, Campbell was very upbeat.

“As we get closer and closer to the Games, it’s sort of like, in lots of ways seeing people’s energy pick up and seeing the inspiration quotient pick up… young people particularly, so we’re all very excited in Canada to be hosting the Olympic Games. We think the athletes are going to have venues where they are able to be the best they’ve ever been, and I think it’s going to be a time we will remember for the rest of our lives.”

For him, the worst part of the zipline was the first step. As hesitant as he was to lunge himself forward, he quickly gained aplomb by the cheers of the crowd combined with the immense pressure to make the first move.

"You may not have noticed this but I was trying to do a somersault backwards but I didn’t quite make it," he said.

After it was all over, Premier Campbell stated confidently that it was worth doing and suggested everyone in the city take their turn.

See the Video of Premier Gordon Campbell's Zipline ride on The Vancouver Observer YouTube Channel








More in News

Views from a refugee camp: Who gets into heaven?

I have just returned to Vancouver Island from Greek refugee camps where I met a Yazidi man named Jason who told me about his escape from ISIS in Iraq.   His story begins on a desert road where a...

Vancouver's bicycle sharing grows as 15 new stations installed

Mobi bicycle by Shaw Go in Vancouver. Photo by Christopher Porter from Flickr Creative Commons

International Women's Day Concert celebrates female musicians who turned tragedy into triumph

Every March 8, on International Women's Day, we hear about the achievements of brilliant, talented women around the world. But how often do we learn about the physical and mental disabilities or...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.