Thrilled to be chosen to carry the Olympic torch

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SOME of the young people who will carry the Olympic torch when it passes through our area have spoken of their excitement at being chosen.

Twelve-year-old sport-lover Brittany Ellis, from Stamford, will bear the torch through Hoton near Loughborough on July 3.

The Casterton Business and Enterprise College pupil takes part in football, netball, badminton, hockey, boxing and athletics and was nominated to carry the torch for her dedication to sport.

Brittany said: “I was really excited when I found out that I had been chosen as it’s a once in a lifetime chance.

“When I first told my mum, she thought I was joking. She is really proud of me.”

British international shot putter Robert Mohan, 21, of Chapel Lane, Thurlby, will carry the torch through Sleaford on June 27.

The 2010 Lincolnshire Sportsman of the Year is currently at Loughborough University studying sport and exercise science.

He said: “It’s a massive honour to be able to carry it, particularly in Lincolnshire. It’s going to be a great experience.

“My family has tickets to the games so we will be spending a few days down there watching athletics in particular, as that is where my interests lie.”

Catmose College pupil Christian Brookes, 15, from Oakham, will carry the torch through Stamford on July 3.

Christian was nominated by his father for his keen interest in athletics and his excellent work in the community as a scout leader.

Christian said: “I’m really excited to have been chosen to carry the Olympic torch and am really looking forward to representing my school and the community.

“I also managed to get tickets to the games themselves so can’t wait.”

Fellow pupil Alice Evans, 16, from Oakham, has been chosen to be a part of the torch relay as it passes through Peterborough on July 3. She was nominated by her friend Clara Feely.

Alice said: “I told Clara that I wished I had bought tickets to the Games and that I really wanted to be involved in the Olympics.

“I think she nominated me because she knew how much I wanted to take part. I’m just a normal person, really, who was very lucky.

“I will probably never see the Olympics again so it is a big deal.”