Youth council's Katie Lambert carries the Olympic torchBy Julie Spencer
July 16, 2012
The rain stopped for a Bracknell teenager who carried the Olympic torch through a West Sussex village this morning.
Katie Lambert, 16, said her nerves turned to elation as she ran a leg of the Olympic torch relay on Day 59.
"It will live with me forever," she added.
Katie was selected as a torchbearer for her work with Bracknell Forest’s Youth Council and the Youth Parliament.
She channelled her energy into student politics when she was diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome which forced her to give up dancing.
She was nominated through Coca-Cola’s Future Flames campaign which celebrates inspirational young people across the UK.
Katie, of Roman Hill, Bracknell, who joined the youth council when she was 13 years old, said: "I do my best to give young people a say in the future.
"I hope to shape the country into a place where no matter your age or where you come from you are wanted and accepted.
"No matter if you have an illness or a disability no one will segregate you from others like I initially was."
In January Katie was involved in the campaign to save three youth centres from closure after Bracknell Forest Council announced the move in a bid to save costs.
She has previously represented the borough in the UK Youth Parliament House of Commons debates.
The former Sandhurst School pupil starts her sixth form course at Farnborough College in September and has overcome her medical condition thanks to physiotherapy.
She added: "I hope to inspire other young people that if you get a medical diagnosis in your teenage years you can still go on with your life.
"I had to stop what I enjoyed most, dance, but I kept going and found a new outlet to help others.
"It doesn't stop you being who you are. It just makes you change your decisions and live life differently.”
She travelled with her mum Alison, dad Duncan and older sister Zoe to Tillington where she was took over the torch at 10.24am.
She said: "Unfortunately because it wasn't in Bracknell I didn't have any of my friends there, just my family.
"But it was a tiny village and it seemed everyone had come out to celebrate and it was full of flags and bunting.
"It was raining before I ran and afterwards, but the rain stopped when I was running with the torch.”