Nominations sought for Olympic torch carrying in isles next June

The Olympic torch will arrive in Shetland on 10th June next year and nominations are being sought for 20 people to carry it on 250-300 metre stretches.

The torch will come to Shetland from Orkney and then go on to the Western Isles. Local torchbearers must live in Shetland or have a “ZE” home postcode if they are currently working abroad.

Half will be between 12 and 24, the rest having stories capable of inspiring young people. Those involved should be able to run at about four mph, although this can be adjusted for wheelchair users.

SIC sport and leisure manager Neil Watt said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to honour young people who have achieved great things, or those whose achievements set an example for young people to emulate.

“Shetlanders should think carefully about the folk who have inspired them or who they think might be inspirational to others.”

Details of people nominated can be entered at along with a 150-word story about him or her and their personal achievement or contribution to their local community. The nominee’s permission is needed – they will be contacted and asked to confirm the details.

The nomination process ends on 29th June at 11.59pm.


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