Duns archer Iain Macdonald and Terry Nicholls, a retired moutaineer from Burnmouth, are among the first of the Olympic torchbearers to be confirmed by London 2012 organisers.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) made 6,800 conditional offers last week to members of the public chosen to run about 300 metres each in next year’s torch relay, which begins in Land’s End on May 19 and continues for 70 days until the opening ceremony on July 27.
In total, 8,000 inspirational people across the UK will carry the Olympic Flame during the Torch Relay. Their personal stories will have the power to inspire millions of people watching around the world.
Iain, who lives at Station Court, Duns, will carry the torch for a section of the Glasgow to Stranraer stretch. The physical restrictions caused by cerebral palsy mean that the 58-year-old Celtic fan is confined to a wheelchair, but his strong will and sheer determination to live life to the full often results in him finding a way round obstacles that stand in his way.
Iain was nominated to carry the torch earlier this year by fellow Duns Archery Club member Barney, who said Iain’s enthusiasm for life, including archery, despite his challenges, was a pleasure to see.
Seventy-year-old Terry, a retired mountaineer from Burnmouth, will also take charge of the torch for part of it’s journey through the UK. Terry will run a section between Edinburgh and Alnwick on June 14.
The Olympic Torch Relay will help shine a light on the whole of the UK – from urban areas to places of outstanding natural beauty.Organisers hope the 8,000-mile relay will ignite real enthusiasm for the Games across the country.