• On Day 25 the Relay will travel 132.60 miles
• 124 inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Flame
• Evening celebration to take place at Baxter Park, Dundee
• Images from today can be downloaded here
124 inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Flame through the following communities: Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Marykirk, Hillside, Montrose, Brechin, Forfar, Meigle, Coupar Angus, Woodside, Burrelton, Balbeggie, Scone, Perth, Abernethy, Newburgh, Cupar, Dairsie, Guardbridge, Leuchers and Dundee.
Highlights for today are:
The first Torchbearer of the day will be Lindsay Rennie, 46, from Arborath at 07.21. Lindsay works as a wells services supervisor with BP North Sea. In both his professional and personal life, he represents the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship. On three separate occasions, Lindsay has swum across the River Tay to raise money for charity. He decided to undertake the first swim to raise money for a local children’s home which had provided support to his nephew. The support he received from this swim encouraged him to continue to raise money for charity through these swims. Cumulatively, Lindsay has now raised over £7,000 for charities through these sponsored swims.
At 13.41 Torchbearer Louise Fox, 16, from Dundee, will take part in a photo opportunity at Scone Palace. Louise is a very active young person who enjoys various sports, particularly swimming where she has achieved national level for both school and club. Louise currently competes for her club at U15s, U18s and women's teams as well as playing for the super-club for Scotland, Caledonia, in the English leagues. In the last year, Louise has been training for water polo with the Great British Squad in England and also playing for Scotland U17s. She is also one of the Youth Legacy Ambassadors for Dundee and is very enthusiastic and keen to take her experiences and skills to become a role model in order to show others how sport can help with confidence and social skills.
At 18.23 Mark Szaranek, 16, from Fife will take part in a photo opportunity at the Desperate Dan statue in Dundee. Mark has attained almost every accolade possible in the few years he has been swimming competitively. From countless Scottish age group records, Scottish and British junior records and a host of medals from British age group championships. Recently selected to represent GB at the 2011 European Olympic Youth Games, Mark’s ultimate goal is to represent Team GB at the Olympics and few would doubt that he will achieve that aim. But it is Mark’s membership of Carnegie Swimming Club and the advice and support that he gives to younger members that sets him apart. Carnegie is a small club but Mark’s influence has rubbed off on all his team-mates, the club always holds its own against the bigger city clubs despite being numerically disadvantaged. Many of the younger swimmers Mark has helped nurture and inspire are now also breaking records.
The evening celebration will take place in Baxter Park, Dundee. It will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Bank of Scotland and Samsung.
The line-up includes music from Scottish singer Emeli Sandé, a dance troupe who will provide a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport and dance act Twist and Pulse. There will also be entertainment from local acts staged by Dundee City Council.
Towards the end of the two-hour show, the last Torchbearer of the day - Kian Steel - will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.
Jackie Lockhart, 47, carrying the Flame in Aberdeen. Jackie, nominated
through the BOA, has been curling for over 30 years. Was Scottish Junior Champion in 1982 and also won Silver at the European Juniors, Eight times Scottish Champion, won Gold at the World Women’s Championship in 2002 to add to the Silver medal from 1985 and Bronze from 2007. Made 11 appearances in the European Championships, winning Silver in 2007. In 2006 won Gold at the European Mixed Curling Championships. Competed in the 1992, 1998, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Jackie juggles her sporting career with working full time and was elected to the BOA Athletes’ Commission in 2010 bringing a winter sport perspective to the group.
Franny McGrath, 42, who is carrying the Flame in New Scone and is from Aberfeldy. Nominated through the Samsung nomination campaign by his nephew, Franny is a youth worker who has changed the lives of many people the Perth and Kinross area, encouraging them to explore their talents and be the best they can be through hard work, discipline and having fun. He runs the annual ‘Breathe’ event in his hometown of Aberfeldy which brings all the young people together to enjoy live music, dance and games, and in his spare time competes in marathons and cycling events, setting an example to those around him.
Andy Macleod, 19, from Fort William who is carrying the Flame in Forfar. Selected through the Coca-Cola Future Flames programme, Andy suffered the loss of a leg in March 2011 in a road traffic accident. He is already back mountain biking and pursuing his love of extreme sports through his degree course in Adventure Tourism Management. Andy hopes to get involved in the outdoor sports industry to encourage other people to come to terms with disabilities and learn what they can still do. He would one day like to inspire others by taking part in challenges such as tackling Mount Everest, as well as educating children about the importance of road safety.
Samuel Murray, 57, from Aberdeen carrying the Flame in Marykirk, Sam, who was nominated through the LOCOG campaign, is the ultimate unsung hero. He has been chair of Aberdeen's Unicef committee for more years than anyone can count, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds towards tackling child poverty throughout the world. His most recent success was when he brokered a deal with the NHS to not throw out 'old' hospital beds but to give them to them to him. Sam then led a series of fundraising activities to raise thousands of pounds to send the beds to Ghana. These beds now reside in hospitals throughout Africa. It is proven that children have more chance of recovery from illness if they can lie on a bed next to their parents and now thanks to Sam, thousands of children now have this opportunity. Sam seeks no personal gain and his tireless work is always carried out behind the scenes. However, while the other members of the Unicef committee appreciate his work, the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch provides a fitting tribute. Sam embodies all that the Olympics stand for.
Aileen Goymer, 63, from Aberdeen will carry the Flame in Aberdeen. Aileen, who was nominated by Aberdeen City Council through the LOCOG campaign, is one of Aberdeen's many unsung heroes who quietly devote their time to making their community and their city a better place. Aileen has established a group for men aged 26 and over who are recovering from drug addiction. Aileen recognised that there was a gap in provision in the area and that many men in this age bracket who had given up drugs often returned to using as there was not enough help and support for them. M26 runs a range of activities including creating a vegetable patch from scratch and donating the produce people in need in the local community.
Michael Robb, 18, from Dundee will carry the Flame in Dundee. Michael, who was nominated by Dundee City Council through the LOCOG campaign, is involved in the organisation of charitable events at his school, Baldragon Academy. He has played a key part in raising significant amounts of money for a variety of good causes. Michael has been at the forefront of a school initiative aimed at refining anti-bullying culture. He spends a lot of time in school assisting the Pupil Support Workers with the Breakfast Club, supporting younger and often more vulnerable pupils. When he leaves school he intends to return next year in a teaching capacity by volunteering in some classes. He has achieved the Millennium Youth Award and hopes to become a Teacher of Mathematics in the future.
James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola Northwest Europe & Nordics, said: “We’re twenty-five days into our incredible journey and today two more Coca-Cola Future Flames will carry the Olympic Flame, with Andy Macleod and Katie Astrid Logan running in Forfar and Abernethy. We will also get everyone to Move to the Beat tonight as we bring Emeli Sandé to the stage in Dundee.”
Sally Hancock, Director, London 2012 Partnership at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “The Olympic Torch Relay has had a phenomenal reception in Scotland. Bank of Scotland is creating as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved as the Olympic Flame passes their door. We’re calling on everyone to cheer on their local Bank of Scotland Torchbearers – extraordinary people like Ryan Wheelan and Danny Downs, running in Aberdeen and Guardbridge. Our troupe of performers, the Flame Followers, are lighting up the celebrations along the route ahead of the Relay before their Flame Followers Spectacular performance in Dundee tonight.”
Sunny Hwang, Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing, Samsung Electronics, said: “Samsung is delighted to be a Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay as it has given us the perfect opportunity to encourage everyone from all around the world to be involved in the Olympic Games.”
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Notes to editors:
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About the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners:
As the longest standing Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola will be using its heritage and experience to spread excitement across the UK ahead of London 2012. Coca-Cola's national nomination campaign - Future Flames – has focused on finding inspirational young people from across the country to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame. This summer Coca-Cola will celebrate these Future Flames: young people who use their passions in areas like sport and physical activity, music and dance, and community and the environment; to spread happiness in their local communities. Find out more at: www.coca-cola.co.uk/olympic-games
As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB will be taking the inspiration and excitement of the Olympic Flame right to the heart of communities across the UK. As part of Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland will be the National Presenting Partner in Scotland.
We are creating as many opportunities as possible for communities the length and breadth of the UK to get involved as the Flame travels past their front doors. Lloyds TSB’s [Bank of Scotland’s] troupe of performers the Flame Followers will be travelling ahead of the Flame to excite crowds with a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport celebrating the endeavour, athleticism, agility and skill of Olympic sporting heroes, Team GB.
Lloyds Banking Group is Britain’s biggest corporate investor in UK communities and in 2011 invested £85 million and as part of the Group’s Community Investment Programme, we’ve launched the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund to give back to the communities in which we operate and pass through on our journey with the Olympic Flame. We’re inviting everyone to visit the Bank of Scotland stand at each Evening Celebration to vote for a community project in their area that inspires and supports young people. By voting at the Evening Celebration members of the public will automatically enter a draw to win four tickets to London 2012. The two projects that receive the most votes in each locality will each win a £5,000 grant from Lloyds Banking Group. At the Bank of Scotland site members of the public will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Olympic Torch, meet Bank of Scotland Local Heroes – the future stars of Team GB and ParalympicsGB – and get up close to our Flame Followers.
To find out how you can join in the celebrations with Bank of Scotland in your community please visit www.bankofscotland.co.uk/london2012
As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Samsung aims to encourage everyone to be part of the greatest show on Earth to make London 2012 ‘Everyone’s Olympic Games.’ We aspire to offer new and memorable experiences for everyone around the world through our own innovative and smart wireless technology. Samsung is providing 1,360 Torchbearers, who have “gone the extra mile” by contributing to the local communities, through its worldwide public nomination campaign. In total over 25,000 nominations were received. Samsung will support towns and cities to celebrate the exciting moment of the Torch Relay and help showcase Great Britain’s cultural landmarks to provide a more enjoyable experience to everyone. The evening celebrations that will be staged by Samsung in 66 towns and cities throughout the Olympic Flame’s journey across the UK, will allow Samsung to entertain the community they are visiting. The Samsung caravan, complete with LED screen on the side showcasing runners and goodwill messages, will follow the Torchbearers around the UK cheering up everyone to celebrate the Torch Relay with music and interaction with local communities. It is Samsung’s ambition that London 2012 will be an event that reaches and involves more people than on any other Olympic Games occasion. To learn more about Samsung’s London 2012 Olympic programme, please visit www.samsung.com/london2012
The Supporters of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay are:
Worldwide Olympic Partners Procter and Gamble and Visa, Tier One Partners adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT and EDF, Tier Three Providers Aggreko, Holiday Inn and NATURE VALLEY.
The BBC will be providing extensive coverage of the Torch Relay on television, radio and online. This will include special Breakfast shows on every BBC local radio station, and extended live coverage of an evening celebration event in every Nation and English Region. Full details of the coverage will be at bbc.co.uk/2012.
London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS.
There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield