Olympic Torch's journey through Bath to start on campus

With the countdown to London 2012 getting ever closer, the excitement will increase when the Olympic Flame starts its 70-day journey across the UK in May – and we will be playing a key role when it comes to Bath on Tuesday 22 May.

The Olympic Flame will begin the Bath leg of its journey on campus: Starting from outside the East building, the flame will be carried past the Sports Training Village and along Norwood Avenue before turning right on to Claverton Down Road towards the city centre.

Further details of how you can watch the Olympic Torch on campus, together with details of road closures and changes to bus routes will be published shortly.

For two of our students and one member of staff it will be an extra special day as they have been chosen to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay team.

Hanna Wade, a fourth year undergraduate studying Modern Languages & European Studies; Paul James, a third year undergraduate studying Coach Education & Sports Development; and Fay Hollister, a member of administrative staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, have all been chosen to represent the University as part of Samsung’s nomination programme for the Olympic Torch Relay.

Hanna and Fay are due to carry the torch during its journey through Bath while Paul will take part in nearby Bradford-on-Avon.

Bath was chosen by Samsung (a presenting partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay) as one of 31 university partners across the UK to create a unique Torchbearer nomination programme. Selecting from staff, students and the community around the university, the programme aimed to find individuals who always go the extra mile and was designed to reflect the core value of the Olympic movement and the rich heritage of each institution.

Our Torchbearers were chosen following a process in which they were nominated by a colleague or friend. The independent panel looked for individuals who had made a difference to either the University or the community through volunteering, supporting the work of others, leading new projects or providing a service above the expectations of their daily role.

Hanna said: “It took me completely by surprise. It’s an immense honour and I’m very grateful and proud to be given the opportunity to represent the University on such a fantastic occasion."

Paul said: “I am delighted to be part of the Olympics in this way; it’s a real honour and I’m looking forward to the day.”

Fay Hollister added: “To have been nominated and selected was so unexpected. I feel very proud and privileged to be able to represent my local community in such an important role.”

As part of the celebrations the Department of Sports Development & Recreation will be hosting an Ancient Olympic Games on St John’s Field for hundreds of local schoolchildren.

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