Cameron to carry the torch

Cameron Foster, from Wigan, one of the first people to be offered one of 6,800 conditional Olympic torch bearer places, at a photocall at the Tower of London, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 8, 2011. Aspiring torchbearers for the London 2012 Olympics received the first conditional offers today to carry the Olympic Flame next summer. See PA story OLYMPICS Torch. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Cameron Foster, from Wigan, one of the first people to be offered one of 6,800 conditional Olympic torch bearer places, at a photocall at the Tower of London, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 8, 2011. Aspiring torchbearers for the London 2012 Olympics received the first conditional offers today to carry the Olympic Flame next summer. See PA story OLYMPICS Torch. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A WIGAN student has been named as a one of the elite torchbearers for next year’s Olympics.

Cameron Foster, 16, of Hindley Green, has received a conditional offer of a place in the North West leg of the Olympic Torch Relay by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

He was nominated by StreetGames, a national charity which develops sport in disadvantaged communities and makes sport accessible to young people through Coca Cola’s public nomination programme.

He dislocated his ankles, broke both legs and an arm in a skiing accident which then made him realise how difficult it is to return to sport and for others less able to become involved in sport, so he has set himself fund-raising, volunteering and academic goals and targets.

He said: “I was amazed when I learnt I have been offered the chance to carry the Olympic flame. 

“The Olympic Torch Relay is going to be such a magical event and I want to be able to share that experience with family, friends and those who I work with. 

“I can’t believe I could be part of the Olympic legacy - this is going to be a once in a generation opportunity and it would never come again here for me in my lifetime.

“I hope that when people learn about my story they see you can turn what seems like a bad situation into a positive one that others can benefit from.

“My family are over the moon that I have been given this opportunity and they will be able to feel the atmosphere and see the happiness the torchbearing will give to the 8,000 torchbearers.”

Cameron, a Winstanley College student, now has to go through a number of steps to secure his place.

He will have to accept the date he has been offered to take part in the Torch Relay, provide a copy of the specified documents, confirming his uniform size and any access requirements by January 25.

Every offer of a Torchbearer place is subject to passing the required background checks and final confirmation of becoming a Torchbearer will be communicated by LOCOG by March 2012.

A further communication much closer to the time of the Torch Relay will confirm the details of the exact 300m stretch of the route along which the Torchbearer will carry the Olympic flame.

The Olympic torch will be going all over the country in advance of the games. It will be in Wigan on Thursday, May 31, when it will pass through Lowton, Abram, Wigan, Scholes, Ince and Hindley. The exact route will be released next year.