The Olympic Flame spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship and 8,000 inspirational torchbearers have been chosen to carry it on its 70-day journey across the UK, culminating in the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.
The University will host the torch relay as it visits Bath on Tuesday 22 May and we are proud that seven of our staff and students have been selected for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to carry the Olympic Flame, and play a very special part in its journey.
Due to restrictions to parking and safe spectating locations, we are advising all members of the public not to come onto the University campus to view the torch relay. The Olympic Torch will be travelling down Bathwick Hill and into Bath city centre after leaving campus and you are far more likely to get a good view from one of those locations. View the full route through Bath.
Hanna Wade, Paul James and Fay Hollister have all been chosen to represent the University as part of the Samsung nomination programme. They will all carry the Olympic torch in the Bath area.
Hanna is a fourth year undergraduate studying Modern Languages & European Studies. She regularly spends many hours a week volunteering and this year she is chairing the Students’ Union’s RAG committee, which has raised over £100,000 for local charities.
“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.”
— Hannah Wade
Paul is a third year undergraduate studying Coach Education & Sports Development. He volunteers over 20 hours a week in Bath, including volunteering at Mencap’s Super Saturday Club and at Culverhay School. He is currently setting up a charitable organisation to enhance cultural, social and economic exchange between children in Zambia and the UK.
“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 is Department Coordinator in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She volunteers for the Youth Offending Team and gives up her time to support young offenders within the community.
“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.”
Staff members Greg Sharp and Andy Hibbert were both nominated by the British Olympic Foundation – the charitable arm of the British Olympic Association.
As Sports Development Manager, Greg runs events and initiatives to inspire local young people through sport and the Olympic values. He has organised the annual Olympic Day Run on campus for the past ten years.
“It’s an absolute honour to carry the Torch and for me it’s my Olympic dream. Knowing that only 8,000 people can say they have done it means a lot to me. My whole family are coming down to spectate.”
He is also part of the steering group of the National Olympic Academy, a forum that works to introduce more young people to the Olympic movement and connects with other national academies around the world. He will carry the Olympic torch on Tuesday 22 May in central Bristol.
Andy has been involved with the Olympic Foundation since its set up in 1992. He has led Olympic camps and projects to introduce young people to Olympic sports and values and, as a teaching fellow in the Department of Sports Development & Recreation, used his expertise in education to advise the Foundation on its information for schools. He is on the steering group of the National Olympic Academy, and this year he will also attend a conference in Olympia for Directors of National Olympic Associations.
“Carrying the torch is a very unexpected but welcome prize for something that I have done for years and really enjoyed doing. I do it because it’s something I believe in – working with youngsters and giving them opportunities is what I’ve been doing all my working life.”
— Andy Hibbert
Andy will carry the torch on Sunday 20 may in Torquay, as will one of his students Charlotte Broadhead.
Charlotte is in her second year of studying Coach Education & Sports Development. She was nominated to carry the torch by Sport England and Active Devon. She has been involved in volunteering since school, through the Duke of Edinburgh awards, and as a qualified volunteer netball and trampoline coach. She was a national trampoline champion, inspiring children of all ages, abilities and disabilities. She went on to become a British Colleges Sport regional and national ambassador and has volunteered for national sports governing bodies. She now captains our Students’ Union’s trampoline club. She has also been selected to volunteer at the London 2012 Beach Volleyball.“When I found out I was a torchbearer, I was in complete shock! I never thought I would get nominated by not just Active Devon, but Sport England as well. I feel honoured and proud to be representing not just the South West, but also around the country and everywhere I have been. I cannot wait to carry the torch!”
Jamie Barrow is a third year Sports Performance undergraduate and he has been chosen to carry the torch as a Lloyds TSB Local Hero. He will carry the torch in Bath. Jamie has been on the British Snowboard Cross Team for the past four years and is aiming to compete at the Winter Olympics in 2014. He was first selected as a Lloyds TSB hero in 2010 and he volunteers for the RELAYS projects that is using the Games to encourage young people and their communities to get involved in sport and cultural activities. He also gives presentations to inspire people through his experiences of sport and international competition.
“This is something you’ll never forget, something you would tell your grandchildren. I’m just so excited and really proud to be able to carry it. It’s quite hard to understand just how amazing it is.”
“You think about the Olympics as the great sporting event on earth, and just being part of it is incredible.”
— Jamie Barrow