Former Student To Carry Olympic Torch

Sun, 26/08/2001 - 01:00

A former student is set to carry the Olympic Torch. Kieren Mennell, aged 18 from Stanley, who studied Level 3 Animal Management at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus will carry the Olympic Torch through Sherburn on Sunday 17th June.

Keiren volunteered at Oxhill Youth Club in Stanley, where he won a Princess Diana Award for his work and contribution to the local community; which is what made Keiren’s friend nominate him to carry the Olympic Torch.

Kieren said: “I was really shocked when I found out I would be a torchbearer! I was really surprised when I got the news.

“I feel honoured and privileged to have been given this amazing opportunity to be part of the London 2012 Olympic Legacy.

“I hope this inspires other young people to get involved with their local communities and raise the awareness of the good work other young people in the UK are doing”

Keiren is now studying to be a veterinary nurse at Newcastle College, as part of his Level 3 Apprenticeship he is working at Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in Consett as a student veterinary nurse.

Animal Care Lecturer at East Durham College, Penelope King said “It’s great news to hear that Keiren will be carrying the Olympic Torch! He really deserves it after all the hard work he has done”

The Olympic Torch will also pass the Peterlee Campus along Willerby Grove on Sunday 17th June.