Torch bearers share their experiencesBy Becky Barnes
August 06, 2012
Olympic torchbearers have shared their proud moments with others in a bid to ensure the spiritual flame of London 2012 will burn for years to come.
Sandy Lane School governor Robin Briscoe, who was torchbearer in Northampton and then watched it pass through his hometown Bracknell, has visited several schools and community groups to allow young people to hold the torch.
The 43-year-old father-of-three said: “The look on the faces and glow in the eyes of the children and adults I have met over the last few weeks with the torch has been absolutely amazing.
“It is my hope this will inspire them to do great things in their lives through sport, education or community services.”
He was joined by fellow torchbearer Bracknell and Wokingham College student Monica Petrosino, 18, who is also a past pupil of the primary school.
The GB ice hockey player carried the torch through Slough.
Swimming teacher Kim James, of Aysgarth, Great Hollands, carried the flame in Dover, Kent, on Wednesday, July 18.
Her mum Mary said: “She thoroughly enjoyed her moment to shine and can’t believe the interest and fascination shown by so many people afterwards.”
Since she carried the torch, the 20-year-old has visited a local nursery and two schools with plans to take it to more schools next term.
Kim said she was still ‘buzzing’ from the experience and would remember it forever.
The 9th Bracknell Kingfisher Beavers had a treat at their final meeting of term on Monday, July 16 when Bracknell torchbearer Richard March, from Birch Hill, went along.
Trevor Baker, spokesman for the South Berks Scout District, said: “There was quite a bit of excitement as although some of them had seen the torch at school they did not get the chance to get a photo of the occasion.”
Meanwhile, businessman Leigh Prendiville met gold medallist and torchbearer Ben Hunt-Davis at a national event for small businesses on July 2. Ben was one of the crew of the eight man rowing team that won gold in the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was promoting his book ‘Will it make the boat go faster?’.