News: Give Someone a Chance to Shine

 There's not long left before the opportunity to nominate someone to carry the Olympic Torch closes. It was announced in May that the Olympic torch will be coming up north in May 2012 with evening celebrations in both Manchester and Bolton.

London 2012 is looking for around 8,000 Torchbearers of all abilities from right across the country to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay.

Matt Colledge leader of Trafford Council said "If you know someone who is truly inspirational, someone who always strives to do their best, then by nominating them to carry the Olympic torch would be to give them their moment to shine.

"Torchbearers do not need to have a background in sport but must be inspirational in some way. For example someone who goes above and beyond in their job to support individuals or communities, someone who spends a lot of their time volunteering or someone who has contributed to making the lives of others better would be perfect."

The Olympic Flame will come within one hour's journey of 95 per cent of the UK, spreading the excitement of the Games to everyone, this means that local people will to able to carry the torch at a location within one hour of their home town. Torchbearers will be expected to carry the torch for a section of the day's planned route. To find out more about where the torch is going or to nominate a person to carry the torch, visit

Nominations close at 11.59pm on 29 June 2011 and people are able to nominate as many people as they wish. Nominations require the name, contact details, date of birth and around 150 words about why the person is being nominated. Nominees must be aged 12 or over at the time of nomination.