Christopher was born with microtia, a serious deformity of the ear which caused him considerable distress. Other children were unkind and frequently tormented him. However he handled the situation with tremendous courage and in 2008 underwent surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital to restructure the ear so that he could lead a normal life. Throughout his childhood years he has proven himself to be an inspiration to all who know him and has demonstrated outstanding commitment to his school work and particularly to sport where he has participated in numerous school teams including Athletics, Cricket, Rugby, Football and he also enjoys Golf. He has proven himself to be an outstanding athlete and will participate in the Nationals in Birmingham in July in the 1500 metres for his age group, a tremendous achievement . Christopher is a polite, sensitive young man, meticulously presented and richly deserves the opportunity of being an Olympic torchbearer for the 2012 Olympics. He has raised money for Great Ormond Street and will always continue to support them As a retired Deputy Headtecher I have worked with thousands of children and am aware that Christopher is very special - in the face of adversity he has demonstrated outstanding qualities and a determination to succeed that is second to none - he would be an outstanding ambassador and I hope that he will have the opportunity of representing his country next year and hopefully one day as a long distance runner.