Jamie suffered from a severe stroke in November 2010 at the age of 15. This came completely unexpected, especially to a previously healthy, fit and active young man who had a thirst for playing rugby and volleyball. Jamie's stroke led him to have a significant left sided weakness, which in the early stages meant that he was unable to sit or stand unsupported. Jamie continues to receive ongoing therapy to help his recovery and aims to return home very soon. Jamie is already an inspiration to other stroke sufferers. Throughout his rehabilitation Jamie has shown constant determination to strive to improve his abilities and regain his independence. Jamie's determination has sometimes led to frustration when therapists have advised him to hold back his abilities to gain more quality of movement. Despite this, Jamie has shown great maturity and patience- virtues which do not bless many 15 years olds. Jamie's has now regained his ability to walk independently, a major achievement and a reflection of his hard work and determination. Carrying the Olympic Torch would not only be a fantastic personal goal to aim for in the next stages of his progress, but would symbolise the long path of recovery Jamie has taken to strive to achieve his own personal gold medal-regaining his independence. Jamie is the ideal candidate to confidently parade with the torch and inspire many others to maintain their determination and focus when faced with life's most difficult challenges.