UWE Bristol students and staff get ready to carry the Olympic Flame as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Issue date: 20 March 2012


Students and staff from UWE Bristol are celebrating today as it was announced that a quartet of Torchbearers have been chosen to represent the University as part of Samsung's nomination programme for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

In addition to its global search for the world's unsung heroes, Samsung, a presenting partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay teamed up with 31 university partners across the UK last year to create this unique Torchbearer nomination programme. Selecting from staff, students and the community around the University, the programme aimed to find individuals who always go the extra mile and was designed to reflect the core value of the Olympic movement and the rich heritage of each institution, helping Samsung achieve its ambition of making London 2012 Everyone's Olympic Games.

The four lucky Torchbearers, students Sarah Clark and Chris Dalley and staff members Jo Earl and Louise Goux-Wirth, Vice-President (UWE Students' Union) will each carry the Olympic Flame through Bristol and surrounding counties as it travels on its 70 day journey before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Also Chloe Gillum a child nursing student will carry the torch through Shrewsbury and will be passed the torch by her brother Jack who is running ahead of her.

Karate champion Sarah Clark studies Adult Nursing and is a member of the Elite UWE athlete programme.She said, “I am honoured to have been chosen to participate in the torch relay event, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am excited to take part.”

Kim Chang, London 2012 Business Lead for the South West at UWE Bristol said, “It is a great privilege that Samsung has approached UWE Bristol with such a great opportunity and we are absolutely delighted that we can offer our students and staff this once-in-a-lifetime experience in recognition of their hard work and excellence in enhancing student experience, academic and sporting performance.”

Louise Goux-Wirth said, "I am going to be running with the torch on 21 May in Bideford, Devon – which is really exciting. I got nominated by a member of staff at UWESU for the work that I have done for students whilst first being a student myself, and now through my role as Vice President Community and Welfare. I've always had a lot of love for the Students' Union, and work very passionately in what I do, always with students at the heart of my work."

The University representatives make up part of the 8,000 Torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame across the UK. Starting in Land's End on 19 May 2012, the Olympic Flame's journey will reach more than 1000 cities, towns and villages across the UK, with 95% of the UK population being within one hour's distance of this historic event. The Olympic Flame will be travelling through the streets of Bristol from the 22 to the 23 May, with local street celebrations taking place along the route. The Olympic Flame will finish its epic route and arrive at the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July 2012 to mark the start of the Olympic Games. For the full Olympic Torch Relay route, click here and to learn more about some of Samsung's other successful Torchbearers visit www.samsung.com/uk/london2012

UWE Bristol will be accommodating the Kenyan Olympic Team during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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