I would like to nominate Ken Edwards to be an Olympic Torchbearer. Ken is a Galleywood resident who has made a great contribution to the local sports community - most notably with Chelmsford Volleyball Club (CVC). Ken played volleyball for 30 years up to national league level and has formed clubs in both Witham and Chelmsford (juniors). Today Ken is a qualified level 2 coach and puts these skills to use in coaching the CVC women's team, as well as overseeing publicity for the club. He has also been a former Chairman for CVC, Essex Volleyball Association and the Chelmsford Sports Council - now Active Chelmsford.Some of the greatest work Ken has accomplished has been in the field of disability sport, particularly the Paralympic sport of Sitting Volleyball. Ken was instrumental in establishing a Sitting Volleyball Centre in Essex, which is the not only the regional centre for the East, but also the base of operations for the 'Essex Pirates.'
Ken has championed various sporting initiatives in the local community, which have enabled thousands of local people to get active and stay healthy. He has represented Chelmsford interests on national sporting bodies and helped bring the GB Women's Volleyball Team to train in Chelmsford. Ken has even researched and published a paper on the link between Chelmsford's Joseph Strutt (1749-1802) and the development of the modern Olympic Games. Ken is the sort of person that tirelessly works to make a difference in our community. He always tries to achieve the best for the people of Chelmsford. To offer Ken the opportunity to carry the flame would be a great way for the local community to recognise the incredible contribution he has made.