I have known Leon Gledhill for the last six years. I met Leon at his local primary school, Rolls Crescent which is based in Hulme, Manchester. Leon is always polite and respectful to everyone he meets. Whilst at primary school, Leon was recognised as a role model to the school, as a result he was nominated as an ambassador. Leon provided support to other pupils and was always willing to help staff and visitors to the school.
In 2007, his final year at the school Leon was awarded the Benji Stanley* award from the head teacher, Wendy Zaidi. This award was given for courage and recognised Leon's outstanding commitment and behaviour , during his time at school.
Leon is a passionate swimmer and has won numerous trophies and medals, he excels at this sport and continues to enjoy it. His mother Wendy teaches swimming in the local community, and a lunchtime organiser at Leon's old primary school.
Recently Wendy (Leon's mother), became very ill with cancer. Clearly this has had an impact on the family, Leon has supported his mother and continues with his studies at high school. Wendy is a single parent, Leon is a true credit to her and more importantly to himself. I discussed nominating him a while ago and he was very happy.
I believe Leon deserves the honour of carrying the Olympic Flame , he is a credit to his mother, a worthy young ambassador who would represent Hulme, Manchester in an extremely positive light . Each occassion I meet Leon I am truly inspired.