Carrying the flame for sport for development
26 Apr 2012
Team sported. will carry the Flame not once but twice during the
Olympic Torch Relay with Regional Managers Julian Wills and John
Ellery both selected as Torchbearers out of tens of thousands of
Julian and John's involvement in this esteemed Olympic tradition
is fitting recognition of their efforts to improve the lives of
disadvantaged youth through sport as part of their work for
sported. - a charity born out the London Olympic bid's
promise to deliver a lasting legacy from the Games.
sported. Director Jo Stocks said "We're thrilled for Julian and
John to take part in this once in a lifetime experience and also
for the opportunity it presents sported. as the voice for the sport
for development sector."
Julian Wills, who will
carry the Flame through Bodmin on 19th May, has committed his
career to working in sport and was a major influence on the
inclusion of the triathlon as a Paralympic sport in Rio, 2016. He
has worked as a volunteer community coach for over twenty years and
currently delivers triathlon coaching sessions to support local
clubs in Devon and Cornwall and provides running advice and support
Julian said "It is an absolute honour to carry the torch through
the county I call home. Since 2009, I have worked with
sported. to transform young peoples lives in the county and now I
can celebrate the legacy sported. has created by running with the
torch through Bodmin, knowing that it will eventually light the
Olympic flame in London."
John Ellery's leg of the
relay will take place in Birmingham on 30th June and is an apt
reward for the years he has spent 10 years working and volunteering
in the sport for development sector, including five years
contribution to community sport in inner-city Birmingham and a
further four years offering sport activities to children who are
blind or partially sighted.
John said "This is a rare opportunity and I'm privileged to be
carrying the torch through Birmingham, a city where I have been
involved in a wide number of community sports initiatives. Working
for a charity with the backing of Sir Keith Mills and being part of
a process that brings that enthusiasm, passion and success into
communities is a great job and having that lead to my selection as
a Torchbearer is the icing on the cake."