"I have had Cystic Fibrosis from birth, but worked as a teacher, journalist and PR officer as well as working/travelling internationally. I worked with disadvantaged children in the USA, taught English in Korea and studied in Holland. I got a double lung transplant in 2005 - (after years attached to oxygen) and for a year my health was good. But rejection reduced my lung capacity to 25 per cent. But I continue work to raise awareness for CF/Transplantation, with my story being on TV, radio, magazines and a variety of Internet sites and local papers. Despite my lung capacity I am gold, silver and bronze medallist at the European and British Transplant Games -where I do table tennis and javelin. I also swim, do circuit training and play the occasional game of cricket as well as having an active social life and living independently. I play piano and bass and recently released a pop single. I am currently a press/PR officer for Halton Borough Council I last had a day off sick 27 months ago - despite being immuno-suppressed. I am a tremendous admirer of the Paralympics it would be a real privilege to be a torch and I would carry it with pride and emotion."