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Renfrewshire Torchbearers Gear Up To Carry Olympic Flame

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson has congratulated the local residents who’ll carry the Olympic Flame in Scotland, with London 2012 recently marking ‘100 days to go’ until the sporting extravaganza.

Eleven Renfrewshire residents have been chosen by LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) to carry the iconic flame through a range of locations throughout Scotland.

Natalie Still, 18, from Johstone, will carry the flame in Lochwinnoch on 8 June, and 10 other local people will carry the torch elsewhere:
* Andrew MacIntyre, 24, from Bridge of Weir: Kilmaurs on 8 June.
* Victoria Fraser-Mitchell, 30, from Paisley: Giffnock on 8 June.
* Elaine Green, 59, from Paisley: Glasgow on 8 June
* Karen Woodrow, 44, from Renfrew: Glasgow on 8 June.
* Dennis Cooper, 48, from Houston: Glencoe on 9 June.
* Kath Roxburgh, 35, from Renfrew: Glencoe on 9 June.
* Jim Gardner, 46, Johnstone: Fort Augustus on 9 June.
* Derek Montgomery, 44, from Renfrew: Clydebank on 9 June.
* Helenanne Lundie, 45, from Paisley: Banchory on 11 June.
* Lesley Finn, 36, from Houston: Alloa on 13 June.

As well as the eleven Renfrewshire residents, Paisley Grammar pupil Erinn Foley, 12, from Penilee will carry the torch in Tyndrum on 9 June.

Provost Lawson said: “The countdown to the Olympics is well underway since the ‘100 days to go’ mark, excitement is definitely building.

“It’s an honour that the Olympic Flame will pass through Renfrewshire as part of its journey across the UK and we’re delighted to have local girl, Natalie Still, carry the torch through Lochwinnoch.

“It’s also fantastic that in addition to Natalie, 10 other residents and a Renfrewshire school pupil have been chosen as Torchbearers to carry the iconic flame through various locations in Scotland. Our Torchbearers range in age from 12 to 59, showing that when it comes to sport – age has no boundaries.

“My congratulations go to them all. I’m sure carrying the flame will be a moment they remember forever.”

Erinn Foley, 12, from Penilee, attends Paisley Grammar School. She’s the youngest with a Renfrewshire connection to carry the flame and was nominated by her Head Teacher, Caroline Amos.

Erinn said: “Carrying the torch is a really big event for me. I’m so excited. There’s not much to say but wow! My great gran is 82 years old and recovering from a broken hip and is so excited she said she will work really hard to get mobile and be there to see me. I have wishes of support from family in Holland and America!

“I feel flattered my teacher nominated me to be part of this. My mum and dad are so proud. I love every sport – I play rugby and love the fitness and competition and would love to play for Scotland one day. Sport makes me happy and feel good. I go to a gymnastics club too and I also enjoy athletics and swimming.

“I hope that in the future I can take part in the Olympics and hopefully win something for my country!”

Elaine Green, 59, from Paisley, works at BA Maintenance in Glasgow Airport. She’s the oldest Renfrewshire resident to carry the flame and was nominated by her colleagues.

Elaine said: “I was astonished when heard I’d been nominated by my work colleagues to be an Olympic Torchbearer. You can image to my surprise when I was told I had a confirmed place!

“My husband Jim and I have been involved with youth athletics for the last 20 years and I’m now a field official with Scottish Athletics, despite having MS.

“I’m greatly honoured to be taking part in this amazing once in a lifetime experience, being part of the 2012 Olympics. Congratulations to all fellow Torchbearers and look forward to meeting as many as possible on the 8 June in Glasgow, as we embark on this incredible journey.”

The streets on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay can be viewed at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay