Olympic honour for helpful pupil JackBy Julie Spencer
April 30, 2012
A Winnersh schoolboy is celebrating after being selected to carry the Olympic Torch this summer.
Jack Weatherley, 12, from Lower Earley, was nominated to hold the flame aloft on part of its journey to the 2012 London Games by Forest School staff.
Jack, whose brother Ben attends Hillside Primary in Earley, said he knew it was a huge honour to be part of the Olympic Torch relay.
He said: “It will be a day I will never forget. This is such an opportunity, I can’t wait – it will be brilliant.”
He is already practising by training with his father Lee.
Dan Tate, sports teacher at the Forest, nominated Jack. He said: “Since joining the Forest, Jack has made a huge impression in many areas of the school.
“One of his greatest assets, especially considering he is still only a Year Seven pupil, is his willingness to help and support others around him, whether in the classroom or out on the sports field.
“His unique gifts to enthuse and help others who are not always as fortunate as himself are truly an inspiration to anyone.”
Neil Carr, head of neighbourhoods at Wokingham Borough Council, said “Wokingham Borough Council is right behind Jack and we wish him lots of luck for the day.
“Forest is the only school in the Wokingham Borough to be given this honour and one of the very few in Berkshire.”
Jack will be one of 8,000 torchbearers who carry the torch during the 70-day, 8,000-mile relay around the UK.
He will carry the torch during its visit to Andover on Wednesday, July 11.
The relay starts at Land’s End on May 19 and ends in the Olympic stadium on July 27.
London 2012 organisers planned the route so the flame will come within 10 miles of 95 per cent of the population.