Torch honour given to athlete

From the left, wheelchair athlete Georgina Oliver with Emma Jackson, nine, Elliot Scrimshaw, four, and Nathaniel McLauchlan, eight.
From the left, wheelchair athlete Georgina Oliver with Emma Jackson, nine, Elliot Scrimshaw, four, and Nathaniel McLauchlan, eight.

A RASTRICK athlete will carry the Paralympic Torch as the London 2012 Paralympic games take centre stage.

Georgina Oliver will be one of the first to carry the torch from Stoke Mandeville as it makes it way to the Olympic stadium in Stratford.

The 19-year-old was hoping to be competing for Team GB at the games but was not selected despite having the necessary qualifying times.

However, the former Rastrick High School pupil is now ready to play her important role in the build up to the games starting on August 29. “I was disappointed the selectors haven’t chosen anybody from the UK to compete in the 100m which is my best event.

“Not getting selected has made me more determined to push myself more towards the next Paralympics in Rio. I’ve got four years to work even harder than ever before so I don’t have this disappointment again.

“I am hoping to get a new chair which will be made to measure to fit me as the one I have at the moment was given to me by Shelly Woods. We are planning an activity day at the Bridge Pub on September 1 which will hopefully raise money towards a new chair.

“The pub has organised a charity walk from Brighouse to Sowerby Bridge and back this weekend. My mum and dad are going to be doing this and many more of the locals.”

Stoke Mandeville Stadium will be the venue for the official Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony on August 28. Four flames from London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh will be united to form the Paralympic Flame which will be taken on a 24-hour overnight relay to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

The relay - presented by BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury’s - will see the Paralympic Flame carried 87 miles by 580 inspirational Torchbearers, working in teams of five.

It will travel past London landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and Tower Bridge which will have a spectacular Agitos on display – the symbol of the Paralympic Games.