Nominations sought for Olympic torchbearers

With one year to go until the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has launched the search for 8,000 torchbearers to carry the Olympic flame right across the UK with the start of the LOCOG Moment to Shine public nomination campaign.

Together with the three Presenting Partners of the Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, LOCOG is inviting the public to nominate inspirational people, give them their ‘moment to shine’ and have their story celebrated in the run up to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Olympic Flame will arrive into the UK from Greece on Friday, May 18, 2012.

From the start point of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay at Land’s End the following morning, an average of 110 people a day will take centre stage by carrying the Olympic Flame during its 70 day journey towards the Olympic Stadium in London. 

The majority of the 8,000 Torchbearer places are shared between LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.

Young people in particular are encouraged to get involved, with half of the Torchbearer places expected to go to people aged between 12 and 24 years of age who are considered leading lights in their local communities.

Ninety per cent of the 8,000 Torchbearer places will be made available to the public through a number of channels, including the four public nomination campaigns to be run by LOCOG, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. Each of the 8,000 Torchbearers will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to their local community.

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of LOCOG, said: “Carrying the Olympic flame is an incredible honour and from today people have the opportunity to reward someone inspirational by nominating them to be part of this historic event.

“This is a great occasion to give someone you know, who has made a difference and who deserves recognition, their moment to shine.”

The LOCOG ‘Moment to Shine’ public nomination campaign aims to find 2,012 inspirational members of the public who have gone beyond their personal best.

The LOCOG ‘Moment to Shine’ nomination portal at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay asks nominators for up to 150 words on why their nominee should carry the Olympic Flame.

The deadline for making nominations is 11.59pm on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

Judging panels will be set up in each region of the UK to select the torchbearers.