Local Man To Carry Olympic Torch

Duncan Graham

The Olympic torch isn’t coming to Scilly, but the Islands will be sending someone to carry it.

Local man, Duncan Graham, has been selected to take part in the Olympic torch relay next year.

Duncan was nominated for his work over the years, coaching youngsters at the islands’ judo and football clubs and is a keen runner.

He’ll be running in the first leg from Land’s End to Plymouth.

Sadly two other islanders who were nominated to take part in the torch relay have been unsuccessful.

Helen McGuinness, who was put forward for her work with young people at the Youth Hub and 15-year old Lewis Johnson, who recently completed a charity cycle race in Cornwall for Cancer Research, found out on Friday that they had not reached the final stage.

A third nominee, Nathan Street from Bryher, was still waiting to hear back from the Olympic committee.

The torch is due to start it’s journey in Land’s End on May 19th and will be carried by 8000 people before arriving in the Olympic stadium.

Earlier this year, Co-Chair of Island Tourism, Euan Rodger, launched an unsuccessful Facebook campaign to persuade organisers to bring the torch to the Isles of Scilly.


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