A TEACHER has been honoured with the chance of a lifetime – to carry the Paralympic torch after being nominated by customers at Sainsbury’s in Matlock.
Jayne Allen, of Highfields School, has been selected to carry the all important flame on August 29 along with 99 other lucky people nominated by the supermarket’s stores nationwide.
The 54–year–old, from Old Tupton, who will be taking part in the 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay, said: “I am so excited to have been chosen to carry the Paralympic Flame.
“I am really honoured to be taking part in a momentous occasion for both the United Kingdom and Highfields School and can’t wait to carry the Paralympic flame.”
Jayne said that the young people she teaches at Highfields School were very excited for her.
“They keep saying ‘Miss, it’s like a dream come true for you’ – and it is,” she said.
Over the last ten years, Jayne has encouraged thousands of young people into volunteering and leadership courses and these collectively have in turn, dedicated many thousands of volunteering hours, sharing their passion and helping others become actively involved in PE and sport in the community.
Last year Jayne received the Queens Award for services to volunteering for her work developing Highfields School Leadership Academy in Matlock.
This year, in recognition of further pioneering work developing international links Sports Leaders UK honoured her by presenting the academy with the first ever World Leader status for leadership and volunteering.
Once the flame has been lit, it will be carried by Jayne and the other torch–bearers, on a 24 hour relay from Stoke Mandeville, in Aylesbury, to the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, where the flame will be used to officially open the Paralympic Games.
The relay will take place over 24 hours from August 28 to 29 and there will be celebration throughout the August bank holiday weekend to commemorate the once in a lifetime occasion.
Trevor Hoskins, coach and secretary of Middleton and Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestling Club, has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch.
Trevor was put forward for the tremendous honour by NGB British Wrestling for his volunteer roles in the sport, which include membership competition as well as regional and national roles in the governance of wrestling.