(PRWEB) June 29, 2012
On Friday 29 June, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – will travel 112.40 miles through 12 communities on its journey from Nottingham to Derby.
The Relay will travel through the following communities: Nottingham, Newstead, Glapwell, Bolsover, Calow, Chesterfield, Matlock, Darley Dale, Bakewell, Buxton, Ashbourne, Derby.
Highlights for today include:
8.14am – Nottingham Castle. The first Torchbearer of the day is Barbara Green, 58, from the Clifton Estate, Nottingham. Barbara will carry the flame through the grounds of Nottingham Castle to the Robin Hood Statue. Barbara was nominated by Nottingham City Council though the LOCOG campaign. She has volunteered in the local community for many years helping young people, particularly those with special educational needs.
10.33am – Newstead Abbey. The flame will be carried through the grounds of Newstead Abbey by Samuel Van de Schootbrugge, 19, from Nottingham. Samuel was nominated by Lloyds TSB as an Olympic hopeful. Samuel, who held a 200m individual swimming medley record, was selected because of his commitment and dedication to his sport of swimming and inspiring his peers through coaching and giving presentations to younger swimmers in his community. Samuel is an athlete on the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes programme.
2.20pm - The Flame will be carried on the Heights of Abraham Cable Car by Dominick Cunningham. Dominick, a last minute replacement to Team GB for the 2011 European Youth Olympic Games, got off to a fantastic start by taking the Gymnastics Team silver with teammates Frank Baines and Courtney Tulloch with a combined to score 164.950 just behind Russia with 165.400 and ahead of Switzerland – 163.700. At Youth Commonwealth Games later that summer Cunningham was the most successful gymnast in Games winning three Golds, one Silver and a Bronze.
3.37pm - Chatsworth House, Bakewell. The Torch will be carried through the grounds of Chatsworth House by Ben Hope, 17, of Buxton. Buxton Park Bowling Club nominated Ben through Samsung’s campaign, in recognition of his fund-raising efforts. He cycled 150 miles across England in 2009, raising £1,500 to support the work of two local neonatal Intensive care Units and a neonatal transport team who were involved with the life-saving care of his three year old sister, when she was born three months premature. In 2010 he cycled 250 miles across Scotland, raising £350 towards the refurbishment of the Bowling Club. This year, he and two of his friends, have cycled across England, again, raising £1,000 for Help For Heroes.
Ben will hand the Flame in front of Chatsworth House to Helen Hopkinson, 33, from Nottingham who was nominated through the LOCOG campaign. Helen gives her time to a number of cancer charities and in 2010 she was signed up as a Cancer Campaigns Ambassador for Cancer Research UK. Towards the end of 2010 Helen met with her MP to discuss the importance of early detection of cancer and asked that he speak to the Secretary of State for Health on the issue. Following this campaign (involving over 70 Ambassadors) extra funding was secured for early diagnosis as well as a commitment to record diagnosis data more consistently.
7.20pm – Darley Abbey Park, Derby, Evening Celebration. The final Torchbearer of the day will be James Toseland, 31. James, who is Donington Park’s official ambassador for the 2012 race and track day season, was the youngest ever World Superbike Champion at 23. He is two times World Superbike Champion and retired from racing in 2011 due to injury. He is one of Britain’s most successful motorcycle racers.
The evening celebration will take place in Darley Abbey Park will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung - with support from Derby City Council. The evening will begin at 5.30pm and finish by 8pm.
The line-up includes music from Loick Essien, a dance troupe who will provide a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport and dance act Twist and Pulse.
Towards the end of the show the final torchbearer of the day, James Toseland, will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.
Barbara Green, 58, from Nottingham and carrying the Flame in Nottingham. Born in Nottingham, Barbara, who was nominated by Nottingham City Council through the LOCOG campaign, has lived on the Clifton Estate since 1961 and has always been involved in her local community. When her boys were younger, Barbara became a parent volunteer at Swansdown Infants followed by Milford Junior School. Barbara also ran a Girls Brigade Company at the local Methodist Church for many years and was the secretary for the Clifton Carnival Committee as well as helping to set up the Clifton Comets Motorcycle Club. Having volunteered for 6 years at Brinkhill Primary she moved to Farnborough Secondary School she was offered the support teacher role that she currently holds. She commenced running a Duke of Edinburgh project at the school in her own time, providing additional sessions for young people with special educational needs.
Kaylet Smedley, 80, will carry the flame in Bolsover. Kaylet was selected through the LOCOG public nomination campaign. She has been the chairperson of the Derbyshire branch of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Fund since 1968. Kaylet started the branch following the death of her son Andrew, who was eight years old, from Leukaemia. Under Kaylet`s leadership the Derbyshire branch has raised over £1 million for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research. Despite advancing years she remains a vigorous organiser and an inspiration to her team of volunteers.
David Raizada, 60, from Chesterfield, will carry the flame in Bolsover. David was nominated through the Lloyds TSB public nomination campaign. He set up and runs The Youth of Barlborough Club (YOB). In the six years since the project’s inception almost 500 different young people in the age range 8 to 16 have attended. David is also chair of the local Sports Action Group which promotes all age sports participation across the community.
Katy Wilson, 16, from Nottingham, will carry the Flame in Calow. Nominated through the Samsung campaign for not letting her Cystic Fibrosis stop her playing tennis every day. She has represented Derbyshire, reaching number on in the county for Under 16s. Her aim is to become a tennis coach and she already helps train younger players at her club. She never complains about her condition or expects special treatment – many of the other players don’t even realise that she has Cystic Fibrosis.
Joel Knight, 16, is carrying the Flame in Chesterfield. Teenage swimming sensation Joel Knight set a new personal best in claiming the 1500m freestyle title in Turkey at the 2011 European Youth Olympic Festival, nearly ten seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. Prior to the Festival, he came an incredible fourth in the 1500m freestyle at the British Swimming Championships in Manchester in March last year, behind race winner Olympic silver medallist David Davies. That swim made him the fastest 1500m swimmer for his age in British history.
Donald Scott, 83, from Derby is an inspirational Boxing Olympian having competed in the 1948 Olympic Games which was the first Games after World War II, with very little support or resource to do so. Donald who is carrying the Flame in Derby won the silver medal at Light Heavyweight. He subsequently won the Empire Games gold medal in Auckland. He served in the Royal Military Police during national service. He boxed professionally as a heavyweight and was managed by Bob Curley. He was a big enough name from his amateur career to box in London at the Albert Hall. He continued his interest in boxing in the Derby area and was involved in coaching. He regularly attended both amateur and professional boxing events in Derby and preferred to sit quietly at the back rather than be presented in the ring.
James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola Northwest Europe & Nordics, said: ‘Today, more Coca-Cola Future Flames will help us celebrate the forty-second day of our amazing journey, including Alex Brooks and Amy Wardle who carry the Olympic Flame in Bakewell and Glapwell. We will also get everyone to Move to the Beat tonight as we bring Loick Essien to the stage in Derby.’
Sally Hancock, Director, London 2012 Partnership at Lloyds Banking Group, said: ‘The Olympic Torch Relay has had a phenomenal reception in each community is has touched and Lloyds TSB is proud to be creating as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved as the Olympic Flame passes their door, and we’re particularly excited to be welcoming the Flame to our National School Sport Week event at Ellis Guilford School in Nottingham. We’re calling on everyone to cheer their local Lloyds TSB Torchbearers – extraordinary people like David Raizada, carrying the Flame in Bolsover. Our troupe of performers, the Flame Followers, are lighting up the celebrations along the route ahead of the Relay before their Flame Followers Spectacular at Derby.’
Sunny Hwang, Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing, Samsung Electronics, said: ‘Samsung's Olympic Torch Relay campaign shares the Olympic spirit and encourages everyone to take part in London 2012. Samsung has offered an inspiring opportunity to people around the world to carry the Olympic Flame, as part of our ambition to make London 2012 Everyone's Olympic Games.’
For further information please contact the London 2012 Press Office.
Notes to editors:
Each day two short packages of broadcast footage will be made available. The packages will be available via the Footage library – accessible from the Media Centre on london2012.com and direct from this link http://footagelibrary.london2012.com. Media will need to register for access in advance. Registration is free.
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About the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners:
As the longest standing Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola will be using its heritage and experience to spread excitement across the UK ahead of London 2012. Coca-Cola's national nomination campaign - Future Flames – has focused on finding inspirational young people from across the country to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame. This summer Coca-Cola will celebrate these Future Flames: young people who use their passions in areas like sport and physical activity, music and dance, and community and the environment; to spread happiness in their local communities.
As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB will be taking the inspiration and excitement of the Olympic Flame right to the heart of communities across the UK. As part of Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland will be the National Presenting Partner in Scotland. We are creating as many opportunities as possible for communities the length and breadth of the UK to get involved as the Flame travels past their front doors.
Lloyds Banking Group is Britain’s biggest corporate investor in UK communities and in 2011 invested £85 million and as part of the Group’s Community Investment Programme, we’ve launched the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund to give back to the communities in which we operate and pass through on our journey with the Olympic Flame. We’re inviting everyone to visit the Lloyds TSB stand at each Evening Celebration to vote for a community project in their area that inspires and supports young people. By voting at the Evening Celebration members of the public will automatically enter a draw to win four tickets to London 2012. The two projects that receive the most votes at each locality will each win a £5,000 grant from Lloyds Banking Group. At the Lloyds TSB site members of the public will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Olympic Torch, meet Lloyds TSB Local Heroes – the future stars of Team GB and ParalympicsGB – and get up close to our Flame Followers. To find out how you can join in the celebrations with Lloyds TSB.
As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Samsung aims to encourage everyone to be part of the greatest show on Earth to make London 2012 ‘Everyone’s Olympic Games.’ We aspire to offer new and memorable experiences for everyone around the world through our own innovative and smart wireless technology. Samsung is providing 1,360 Torchbearers, who have “gone the extra mile” by contributing to the local communities, through its worldwide public nomination campaign. In total over 25,000 nominations were received. Samsung will support towns and cities to celebrate the exciting moment of the Torch Relay and help showcase Great Britain’s cultural landmarks to provide a more enjoyable experience to everyone. The evening celebrations that will be staged by Samsung in 66 towns and cities throughout the Olympic Flame’s journey across the UK, will allow Samsung to entertain the community they are visiting. The Samsung caravan, complete with LED screen on the side showcasing runners and goodwill messages, will follow the Torchbearers around the UK cheering up everyone to celebrate the Torch Relay with music and interaction with local communities. It is Samsung’s ambition that London 2012 will be an event that reaches and involves more people than on any other Olympic Games occasion.
The Supporters of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay are:
Worldwide Olympic Partners Procter and Gamble and Visa, Tier One Partners adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT and EDF, Tier Three Providers Aggreko, Holiday Inn and NATURE VALLEY.
The BBC will be providing extensive coverage of the Torch Relay on television, radio and online. This will include special Breakfast shows on every BBC local radio station, and extended live coverage of an evening celebration event in every Nation and English Region. Full details of the coverage will be at bbc.co.uk/2012.
Last November LOCOG launched a grassroots programme inviting the nations Local Leaders to step forward and start planning local celebrations to celebrate the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Today there are over 14,000 London 2012 Local Leaders across the country planning community events to Line the Streets for the Olympic Torch Relay.
In the East Midlands 649 people have signed up as Local Leaders, like John Coulson from Matlock, Derbyshire. John has organised for six A-Level Art students from Highfield School, with help from local artist Tess Willoughby, to design and paint a mural wall of Olympic sports at the top of the Heights of Abraham cable car attraction. This will be unveiled to the public at 2:30pm on Friday as the Torch is carried by one of the Torchbearers, 17 year old gymnast Dominick Cunningham to the summit on one of the cable cars. People are advised to catch the cable car before 1:30pm to ensure they make the summit for this occasion. For more information on Local Leaders, getting tools to help you bring together your family, friends or community celebrate moments such as the Opening Ceremony, Super Saturday, the Paralympic Torch Relay and the Last Night of the Games, visit http://www.london2012.com/localleaders. Local Leader contact detail - John(at)heightsofabraham(dot)com 07702 369729
London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS.
There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield