Olympic torch bearers set for blaze of glory
DETAILED plans of the route the Olympic torch will take as it passes through Gloucestershire have been published together with a list of those who will have the honour of carrying the flame.
The relay will pass through the county over two days, May 23 and 24, and members of the public are being urged to support the relay and line the route as it passes on its 8,000-mile journey around the UK, before the London 2012 opening ceremony on July 27.
On the afternoon of May 23, the torch will travel from Swindon to Cirencester before moving on to Stroud, Painswick, Brockworth, Shurdington and Cheltenham.
The following day the torch will start in Gloucester and pass through Maisemore, Hartbury, Corse and Staunton. The torch relay will enter the county again on July 1 when it will visit Chipping Campden to mark the 400th anniversary of the Cotswolds Olimpicks.
The torch will be carried on a support vehicle on long stretches of road between towns and villages so people wanting to support the runners are advised to gather in more built-up areas along the route.
This year's Olympic Games will be a family affair for a disabled mother and daughter from Cirencester.
Cotswold district councillor Jenny Hincks, 54, and her daughter Kate, 34, have both been selected to carry the Olympic flame.
Kate, of Beech Grove Court, suffers from a crumbling spine and will use a wheelchair to carry the torch through Gloucester on May 23 after being nominated by her mum who will carry the torch herself through Gloucester the following day.
Jenny's husband Charles nominated her in recognition of the voluntary work she does in the community.
"We both have disabilities, so we won’t be running it," laughed Cllr Hincks. "We’re are both just so chuffed and we really did not think that we would be chosen because there were thousands of entrants.
"Kate has done so much despite her disabilities. I felt she deserved recognition for her courage.
"We found out on the weekend and we had a little party because it made Mother’s Day even more special."
A dancer from Cirencester is set to chassé her way along part of the Olympic torch route after being selected as a Future Flame.
Lydia Holt, 14, is one of the youngest torchbearers selected in the UK.
She joins 1,300 other people nominated to carry the Olympic flame through Coca-Cola’s Future Flames campaign – for young people with a burning passion.
The former Hatherop Castle and Cirencester Creative Dance Academy student is already a star in the world of ballet.
Her passion has taken her to the Elmhurst School for Dance in Birmingham, on tour with the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company, to Paris and to the Royal Albert Hall where she was the youngest to perform with the English National Ballet in Swan Lake.
Lydia said she was ecstatic when she was told she would carry the torch through Cheltenham on May 23.
“I feel quite honoured but I’m really nervous that I might drop it – that’s my biggest fear.”
A supermum who raised thousands for charity after her daughter was diagnosed with cancer has been chosen as an Olympic torchbearer.
When Lucy Willis, from Cirencester, found out her twin daughter Lola had leukaemia she started up a fundraising campaign.
Two years on and six-year-old Lola is now in remission but Lucy, 39, has not stopped campaigning and has racked up more than £20,000 for cancer charity Clic Sargent in her daughter’s name.
It was because of this dedication that all of Lucy’s colleagues at the Bristol-based engineering company Atkins nominated her as a torchbearer.
The mum-of-three said she was really proud to have been chosen but was a bit nervous about her run through Bristol on May 22.
“I’d prefer to run holding Lola’s hand,” she said. “I shall definitely be doing it for Lola and all her brave friends,” she said.
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A former winner of the Standard’s Young Sports Person of the year has been chosen to carry the Olympic flame.
17-year-old Sam Hutt was branded the "ideal torchbearer" by Cricklade Town Council because of his inspirational achievements in tennis.
The ex-England under 14 champion started swinging a tennis racket at the age of five. Now twelve years on Sam has represented his town, county and country in the game and has high hopes at Junior Wimbledon.
The former Bradon Forest School pupil is setting up new young players for the future too, by coaching tennis in his hometown of Cricklade.
Sam will carry the Olympic flame through Swindon on May 23 as part of the torch’s 8,000 mile journey around the UK, before the London 2012 opening ceremony on July 27.
CTC chairman Cllr David Tetlow, said: "This is great news for Cricklade and for Sam. His achievement in such a competitive field is something we are really proud of."
A fundraiser who shot to fame after scaling the wrong mountain in a charity challenge will carry the Olympic flame in memory of his friend Wayne.
Damien Davis from Cricklade organised a group Three Peaks Challenge in tribute to Wayne Wilson, who died from leukaemia in January, aged 26.
However, the group, Team Wayne, suffered setbacks when they scaled the Highland peak of Stob Ban rather than Ben Nevis and then abandoned the challenge altogether when members got injured on Scafell Pike.
But they still managed to raise more than £11,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
And Wayne’s mum Kaye Wright, has been so overwhelmed by Damien’s support she nominated him as a torchbearer.
Damien said he was thrilled and felt very privileged to have been chosen and would hold the torch high for Wayne and his fellow Team Wayne fundraisers.
The 36-year-old will carry the flame through Ludgershall in Wiltshire on July 11.
An autistic campaigner who was given a national award for being an inspirational spokesperson will bear the Olympic flame.
Luke Dicker, from Hullavington, who suffers from autism and ADHD was expelled from Malmesbury Secondary School for his challenging behaviour.
But he was determined to turn his life around and has since spoken to top officials about the difficulties faces by young people with the condition and even been invited to meet the Queen.
Luke was named as Rotary International Citizen of the Year in 2010 and launched a national charity Ambitious about Autism last year.
The inspirational local lad is one of Lloyds Bank’s Olympic torchbearers and will carry the flame through Wroughton this summer.
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