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16 April 2012

Sport student to carry Olympic Torch

Cardiff and Vale College Sport student James French has been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Barry Town Centre on 26th May this year.

Twenty-year-old James was nominated for the once in a lifetime honour by his mum Debbie, who explained why she nominated her son: “James is a determined young person and he belongs to the local swimming club. On numerous occasions he has been the highest fund raiser for sponsored swims. Despite a serious arm injury he still attends training sessions.”

James, who is from Barry, studies on the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport at Cardiff and Vale College’s Trowbridge site. He is a keen surfer and a NaRS qualified lifeguard who belongs to Whitmore Bay Lifeguards; last year James was involved in saving four people at a local beach.

Debbie continued: “James has been in the Scout Explorers and Army Cadets and sees his future in the Armed Forces. He will carry the torch with pride!”

“He is studying Sport and Fitness and has to travel for two hours each way to get to college, such is his determination to achieve. To fund his college course James also works in the local leisure centre.”

James was at work in Barry Leisure Centre, where he works as a part-time Leisure Assistant, when he heard that he was going to an Olympic Torch bearer. He said “I was amazed and shocked at the news. I felt my dream had come true as I always wanted to be part of the Olympics.

"My friends and family are very proud and excited about it and they’re and planning a celebration for my achievement.”

The 70-day Torch Relay route was revealed last month, with residents urged to line the streets as it begins its journey through Cardiff and the Vale at 5:30pm on Friday May 25th. Cardiff will hold an Olympic Torch evening celebration event on the evening of the 25th. The flame will then leave Cardiff Bay at 6:30am on Saturday 26th May and proceed through Dinas Powys, Sully and Barry and then onwards to Caerphilly. It will take approximately ten minutes for the torchbearers to make their way along the route.