Olympic torch delight for Sue Oakley from Langtoft

Sue with family Izzie, Jonathan and Harry
Sue with family Izzie, Jonathan and Harry
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A WOMAN who has played a big part in developing youth hockey throughout Bourne and the Deepings has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch.

Sue Oakley, of Mossop Drive, Langtoft, will carry the flame in front of crowds in Boston on Wednesday as part of the Olympic torch relay route.

Sue, 52, has been a coach and player for Bourne Hockey Club for over six years, and helped the club merge with Deeping Hockey Club to form Bourne Deeping Hockey Club last year.

During her time as a coach, Sue has been instrumental in developing youth hockey and has helped the number youth members rise from 12 to 150 children.

Sue said it was humbling that she had been nominated and chosen to be a torchbearer.

She said: “It really hasn’t sunk in that I’ve been chosen yet.

“It’s one of those things that is every athlete’s ambition, and to think that I’ll be carrying it is just fantastic. It really is humbling to think that I was nominated to do it.

“I’m really passionate about kids in sport and hockey, and I love coaching to see my passion rub off on them.”

Sue, a teacher at Langtoft Primary School, is set to be joined on her route by her children, Josh, 19, Harry, 15, and Isabella, 12, as well as her husband Jonathan, her twin sister Jenny and other family members and friends.

As well as hundreds of others, Sue introduced her three children to hockey and they are now young leaders at Bourne Deeping Hockey Club.

She has also helped many youth players break through into the senior teams at the club, and has organised hockey events at school’s throughout the area.

Sue added: “I just have a passion for sport.

“It is everything to me and if I can teach people to learn hockey and have fun then it’s job done for me.”

Sue is among more than 30 people from the area who have been chosen to carry the torch.

The Olympic torch relay route will make its way through Langham, Oakham, Rutland Water, Uppingham, Stamford and Burghley House on Tuesday, July 3 and through the Deepings, Thurlby and Bourne on Wednesday, July 4.