Jess Delighted To Take Part In the Olympic Torch Relay

Fri, 31/08/2001 - 01:00

A student who carried the Olympic torch when it visited Sedgefield said it was an amazing day that she will remember for the rest of her life.

Jess Foster, 17, from Trimdon, had the honour of carrying the torch for 300m through the County Durham town last Sunday.

Jess was nominated as a torch bearer for her massive commitment to volunteering in the community and on school programmes, clocking up nearly 1,000 hours!

Kay Stephenson, who works at East Durham College as a part-time sports lecturer and also for Durham County Council’s Active Sport Easington programme, nominated Jess after working with her on a number of sports-related community activities.

One of Jess’s volunteering successes was completing The Summer of a Lifetime programme run at East Durham College in 2011.

The programme is part of the National Citizen Service programme and gives students finishing Year 11 the chance to gain some valuable life skills and supports young people from all backgrounds to work together, to take on new challenges, have fun and engage in their communities during in the summer holidays.

Jess said: “I love volunteering. It’s more than just a hobby. I like meeting new people and working with the kids. I’m going to pursue a career in sports coaching and all this helps.”

And when asked about carrying the Olympic Torch Jess said: “It’s the greatest honour I can think of! I loved every minute of it and I will remember it for the rest of my life.”

The Olympic torch is being carried by Torch Bearers as part of the Olympic Torch Relay which will see the Flame travel through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK before reaching London and the opening ceremony of the Olympics and Paralympics Games on 27th July.