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Olympic Torch Route Revealed

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:31am 19th March 2012. (Updated at 8:15am 19th March 2012)

We are finding out exactly where the Olympic torch will go in Cornwall.

Officials are releasing details of how it will get from Land's End to Saltash - street by street. You can find the full details here.

The route is set to pass through Sennen, Newlyn, Penzance, Marazion, Rosudgeon, Ashton, Breage, Helston, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay, St Stephen, Trewoon, St Austell, Stenalees, Bugle, Lanivet, Bodmin, Liskeard and Saltash before crossing into Devon on the Tamar Bridge at the end of the day.

Officials have also revealed the full list of those carrying it this May. An average of 115 people a day will take turns in the relay.

Student and professional surfer Tassy Swallow, from St Ives, was nominated as a Torchbearer by members of her local community because of her efforts teaching children from a wide range of backgrounds to surf.  One of seven children, Tassy has travelled widely, spending time in six different continents so far.  She is the youngest Sports Ambassador for Cornwall and has represented Great Britain four times internationally as a member of the Junior British Surf Team.

“When I first heard I had been chosen to be a Torchbearer I was so stoked!” she said.  “I couldn't believe I had been nominated by the local people, my friends and my family, all the people who I most care about.  It is an honour to represent my town and my country, as well as my sport, and to carry the Olympic Flame, I hope I can make those people who voted for me proud.”

Dave Jackson, from Penzance, was nominated for his dedication to HM Coastguard.  Dave, who has been a volunteer Coastguard for over 40 years and is the Station Officer of Land’s End Coastguard Rescue Team, has led his team during the response to many incidents, including the tragic loss of the Union Star and the Penlee lifeboat.  Behind the scenes Dave gives up many hours to check and maintain the rescue equipment to ensure that the team are available any time or night.  Over the years he has trained, mentored and supported countless people from all walks of life and has supported and participated in coastguard fund raising for the Jubilee Trust, as well as organising educational initiatives to increase awareness of beach and sea safety amongst locals and visitors.

“It is a great honour to have been chosen to be one of the official Torchbearers” he said.  “It truly is an opportunity of a lifetime and one which I am very grateful for.  The Olympics is such a huge event which all the world’s media will be following as the Torch makes its way from the start of its journey at Land’s End to the start of the Games in London.  I feel extremely proud to be a small part of it and I look forward to telling the story to my granddaughter who is just a couple of months old at the moment and is too young to understand it”.

“I would like to thank Coastal Safety Manager Helen Hutson for nominating me and all the members of the Lands End Cliff Rescue Team past and present who I have had the pleasure to get to know and work with over the past 40+ years.”

Andy Ferris, from Newquay, was nominated for his work with surf life saving.  He has volunteered as Sport Director for Surf Life Saving Great Britain - the charity for volunteer lifeguards - for four years.  Andy has organised a number of regional and national competitions as well as youth and leadership camps to help develop and grow the sport and has put in place a full coaching and ocean safety and skills programme.  He also coaches at club, county and national level, all in his own time, alongside his full-time job.

Twelve year old Keia Wardman, from Newlyn, was nominated to carry the Olympic Torch because of her dedication to sport.  A keen swimmer, she is the Cornish Champion at 400 and 800m freestyle and has achieved medals at regional level.  Her second love is Surf Life Saving and she is the Cornish and National Champion at sea swimming.  She is an inspiration to youngsters at the local swim and surf clubs.  She also plays rounders, tag rugby and enjoys county cross country.  She is a real local hero to many local people and is committed to achieving her dream of becoming a future member of the British Olympic Team.

She said, ""I was over the moon when I heard I would be part of the Torchbearer Team to carry the Olympic Flame in Newlyn, It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

"I was disappointed not to get tickets to see my role models swim at the games, especially Rebecca Adlington, Hannah Myley,Fran Halsall and Keri Anne Payne but being part of the London 2012 Torch Relay team is awesome".

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Twelve year old Keia Wardman from Newquay will be among the torch bearers

Geoff Letchford from Penzance is the site manager for a local junior school and a member of the premises staff at Penwith College as well as a member of the coastguard cliff rescue team, was actually nominated by three different people for his commitment to coaching young athletes over the past eight years and his support for a number of charities.  A keen runner and is a member of the Mounts Bay Harriers, Geoff, who was nominated by his wife, a work colleague and his station officer in the coastguard service, has helped raised thousands of pounds for local charities by being sponsored for running or cycling extreme distances.

The sixty year old said, “It is such a privilege to be chosen to carry the torch and especially at the ripe old age of 60” said Geoff.  “So many people have been congratulating me and wishing me well.  I am a keen runner but worry that on the day I will have suffered one of my many running injuries so I intend to wrap myself in cotton wool a couple of weeks before the event.  I do have pangs of guilt as well due to the fact that there are several friends and acquaintances of mine who were nominated but not accepted.  I remember as a 5 year old child seeing a race live in the stadium at the Melbourne Olympics (my parents emigrated to Australia between 1954 to 1959) and thinking this is for me, I want to be the fastest runner in the world!  And so I was "inspired" and now I hope that I inspire those around me who I train and run with... and against.”

Sarah Mortiboys from Perranporth was nominated by best friend Nikki Baker for her work with breast cancer charity Coppafeel! Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2010 at the age of 32. Despite having undergone extensive surgery and both chemo and radiotherapy treatment since that time Sarah has continued to work as a sports development professional at the same time as carrying out voluntary work with the charity which aims to raise awareness of breast cancer among young people.

Sarah said, “I am thrilled to be named as a Coca Cola Future Flames Olympic Torchbearer” said Sarah.  “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and since then I have turned my journey into a positive experience by volunteering for Coppafeel! , a national breast cancer charity that encourages young people to get to know their boobs!" .

Police officer Emma Fox from Newquay was nominated as a Torchbearer by her husband.  Emma, who has run a marathon to raise money for cancer research and represented Cornwall at hockey, loves watching and participating in sports.  She has always wanted to be an Olympic athlete and loves visiting Olympic stadiums while on holiday.  She is delighted at being chosen as a Torchbearer .

Emma said, “I was absolutely delighted to be chosen as a Torchbearer as ever since I can remember I have always loved sport and followed the Olympic Games” said Emma.  “I have always dreamed of what it would be like to be an Olympic athlete and if I could have chosen anything in my life I would have chosen to be an athlete. I have in the past visited many of the Olympic stadiums across the world and find the ethos of the Olympics and the dedication of those who are good enough to take part simply inspiring.  I can't wait to be a part of history and am honoured that I will be running on the first day of the torch in my home county of Cornwall. I will also take pride in the future in recounting the day to my daughter, who will be 5 months old at the time I run, as one of the very special days in my life”.

Dave Collins from Penryn was nominated by Ryan Moyle because of his involvement with athletics.  A former Cornwall and South West cross country champion who has set a number of records and had Olympic trials for the 10,000 metres in 1972, Dave has been a running coach since 1983,  helping hundreds of children to develop a love of running and racing. He also set up the Mile High Running Club which has raised thousands of pounds for cancer research.

Dave said, “I consider it a great privilege to be chosen to carry the Olympic Flame” said Dave.  “It will be a wonderful opportunity to play a small part in an event that will link Cornwall to the rest of the country and, ultimately, to London and to the Olympic Games of 2012.  I would very much like to share this experience with the students I coach at the local primary and secondary schools in the hope that they, in turn, will feel part of this unique occasion.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, added: ‘Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life.  The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.  Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might  celebrate and make it Cornwall’s moment to shine.’

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