'Inspirational' Teen to Carry Olympic Torch Through West Cheshire
|Published: 16th April 2012 10:01|
An Ellesmere Port teenager hailed ‘inspirational' for her work within the community to build confidence and skills through sport has been selected by the Council to become an Olympic torchbearer.
Caitlin Kennedy, aged 18, was nominated by her school teacher for her dedication to the post of Platinum Sports Ambassador within the Cheshire Oaks Schools Partnership at Whitby High School.
Tasked with promoting sport and physical activity, during her four years in the role Caitlin organised and directed a vast range of extra-curricular events, including a Mini Olympics which more than 400 pupils from Whitby High's feeder primary schools took part in.
Caitlin gained over 1,000 signatures from the local community to help save the School Sport Partnership - where a secondary school works with its feeder primaries to develop competitions and encourage participation.
Her work to improve the lives of others through sport also includes organising and running extra-curricular clubs, school competitions, Duke of Edinburgh awards, residential trips, coaching windsurfing and training young sports leaders.
Caitlin said: "It's so exciting to be part of the Olympic Games and I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to carry the torch as it passes through West Cheshire.
"The nerves are starting to kick in now but I know the event will be fantastic!"
Through her volunteering Caitlin has raised hundreds of pounds for charities including Sports Relief, Red Nose Day and Macmillan Cancer Research.
Caitlin has also competed in two Junior Windsurfing World Championships.
The Olympic Torch relay will arrive in Chester on May 29th and depart on May 30th. A spectacular celebration event has been organised to welcome the torch to Chester, taking place at the racecourse.
The event will include the Olympic flame show where the torch's flame will ignite a cauldron on stage to mark its' historic arrival in Chester. There will also be local performances and the unique ‘Moment When' dance spectacular involving a cast of hundreds.