• Today the Relay will travel 29.70 ground miles
• 40 inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Flame
• Images from today can be downloaded here
In the Orkney Islands the Flame will arrive at Kirkwall Airport at 8.25am. 20 inspirational Torchbearers will then carry the Flame through Kirkwall.
At 9am the first Torchbearer in Kirkwall will be Inga Kemp, 22, from Orkney, who will start with the Flame in front of St Magnus Cathedral. Inga was nominated for her work in netball and hockey youth development coaching.
At 9.16am Alyson Bain, 23, from Orkney, will be involved in a photo opportunity on Harbour Street, with the harbour on the background. She was nominated for her total commitment to athletics which have been reflected in her achievements.
At 11.55am the Flame will depart from Kirkwall Airport and will then head to the Shetland Islands.
The Flame will arrive at Sumburgh Airport at 12.45pm where
20 inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Flame in Lerwick.
At 1.54pm the first Torchbearer in Lerwick will be John Nicolson, 74, from Scalloway will carry the Flame from Clickimin Leisure Centre. John was nominated for the instrumental role that he played in the provision of the sport and community facilities that Shetland currently benefits.
At 2.20pm Megan Keppie, 17, from Shetland, will carry the Flame to the ‘Welcome to Shetland’ gate. Megan was nominated as she is one of two Young Ambassadors from Shetland.
At 2.34pm Mark Wylie, 45, from Lerwick, will carry the Flame to ‘The Knab Lookout’. Mark was selected through the Samsung campaign for being an inspiration to thousands of children in local sport for 27 years.
He will hand the Flame to Julie Grant, 40, from Scalloway. Jane was nominated through the LOCOG campaign for her hard work and determination in setting up and running Shetland Gymnastics.
At 3.04pm at Clickimin Loch Matthew Cox, 42, from Shetland, will carry the Flame as it is taken across Clickimin Loch in a boat. Matthew was selected through the Bank of Scotland campaign for all the hard work that he does in managing the island’s sport centre, which includes running the local swimming club.
3.32pm – Faye Richardson, 22, from Shetland, will carry the Flame into the Community Festival in Lerwick. Faye was nominated through the LOCOG public nomination campaign for her dedication to athletics and her work as a local lifeguard. At 4.25pm the Flame will depart by helicopter from the Community Festival. At 5.35pm the Flame will depart from Sumburgh Aiport.
At 4.30pm, the Flame will also be taken to John O’Groats.
The Flame will arrive at Stornoway Aiport at 6.45pm.
Bryden Priest, 12, from Shetland, will carry the Flame in Lerwick. Bryden was nominated through the LOCOG campaign for his determination to achieve his goals and playing an active role in his community.
Helen Corsie, 39, from Kirkwall, will carry the Flame in Kirkwall. She was selected through the Samsung campaign. She first caught the athletics bug 30 years ago, and went on to break Shot Put records in a number of events on the Scottish mainland. She was dubbed Orkney’s ‘Golden Girl’ in 2005 when she brought home a rare gold medal from the biannual Island Games. Though she has now retired, she devotes herself to supporting and coaching both young and older athletes, inspiring them with her cheery disposition and infectious enthusiasm for athletics.
Chris Rocks, 24, from Shetland, will carry the Flame in Lerwick. He was selected through the Coca-Cola Future Flames programme. He is a fencer from Shetland who in 2010 won the Scottish Open Championship. He represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Australia that year, winning a bronze medal in the Épée discipline. Christopher was ranked in the top 30 in Great Britain and named Shetland Sportsperson of the Year for 2010. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a first class honours degree in Economics in 2009 and is currently volunteering for an international development organisation in Nairobi in Kenya.
Tina Wood, 24, from Kirkwall, will carry the Flame in Kirkwall. She was nominated through the Bank of Scotland public nomination campaign for her work at a day centre for adults with learning disabilities. She also sits on the Friends of Aurrida House committee and is one of Orkney's best swimmers, still competing for Orkney and coaching younger swimmers.
James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola Northwest Europe & Nordics, said: “We’re now almost a third of the way through our incredible journey and today we take the Flame from Scotland to the Shetland Islands. More Coca-Cola Future Flames will carry the Olympic Flame, including 16 year old Zoe Buchanan who won a gold medal in badminton at the British Transplant Games just 17 months after her operation. We look forward to meeting many more inspirational young people like Zoe as we continue on our historical journey around the UK.”
Sally Hancock, Director, London 2012 Partnership at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We are looking forward to bringing the Olympic Torch Relay to Scotland’s most northerly communities – the Orkney and Shetland Islands. We hope the Islanders will come along to the community celebrations in Kirkwall and Lerwick and Kirkwall and cheer on their Bank of Scotland Torchbearers – extraordinary people like Tina Wood and Matthew Cox, running in Kirkwall and Lerwick. Our Bank of Scotland Flame Followers will also be bringing the excitement of London 2012 to the hearts of the Islands.”
Sunny Hwang, Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing, Samsung Electronics, said: "Samsung's Olympic Torch Relay campaign shares the Olympic spirit and encourages everyone to take part in London 2012. Samsung has offered an inspiring opportunity to people around the world to carry the Olympic Flame, as part of our ambition to make London 2012 Everyone's Olympic Games."
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Notes to editors:
Each day two short packages of broadcast footage will be made available. The packages will be available via the Footage library – accessible from the Media Centre on london2012.com and direct from this link http://footagelibrary.london2012.com. Media will need to register for access in advance. Registration is free.
The broadcast of the Olympic Torch Relay is provided for Editorial Use Only. There can be no commercial association, no third party association and no commercial/ad superimposition on the video footage, unless the prior written consent of the IOC is acquired.
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