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Olympic Torch - St Ives
July 8th, 2012 at 07.54
Meet Your Torchbearers
|Name: David Cleaver
Nomination: David Cleaver coaches the U14's at Cambridge Rugby Club and that means he includes everyone no matter how big or how small. Even if you are small like me he gives you the confidence to carry on, so now I am captain of the B team at my school. Also he has a great sense of humour and is a decent man. He knows the meaning of respect in sport. When one of our team mates, Joe Herrington, who many of us have played with died in the Easter holidays of Sudden death syndrome, everyone was in shock but David was the right person to give the speech at Joe's funeral. Because of David's kindness and the way he passes on his love of sport to everyone else I would like to see him carry the torch, and also carry it for Joe.
|Name: Mark Fliegauf
Nomination: In 2009 Mark took the lead in founding Aiducation International UK and since then has served as its COO. Mark has built up the organisation's structure, and recruited, coordinated and trained volunteers throughout the country. Through his efforts Aiducation International has been able to award 24 scholarships, each worth nearly £1,400, to Kenyan high school students.
|Name: Nell Macleod
Nomination: Nell teaches music - helping people to recognise their musical talents so that they can use music to transmit their happiness far and wide.I teach music to 11-18 in an attempt to give them the same kind of connection with something very powerful that I have. I want every child I teach to see music as something they CAN do and not to see it as a barrier. I also want them to open their minds to new and different kinds of music to become more rounded musicians. At my school we currently run 13 extra-curricular clubs and are expanding GCSE and A level groups to try to take in acceptand inspire anyone who has a passion for music. We busk in the local community to raise money for new things such as steel pans to add to our groups and my job is made worthwhile by the young people I see on a daily basis connecting with an art form that everyone can be a part of.
|Name: Stuart Mitchell
Nomination: Born with Prader Willi Syndrome, a complex genetic condition best known for the insatiable appetite which leads to heart problems and diabetes and frequently life threatening obesity, Stuart has defied doctors to become the first sufferer to win a Silver and Bronze medal in the national disability swimming championships as an S14 swimmer. He then started running and completed 2 London 10 km runs and the great north run (7 days after having his appendix out). Not only has he raised thousands of pounds for the PWS association but has inspired many with the condition and their parents and carers to fight against the poor muscle tone, obesity, scoliosis and learning difficulties which the condition brings. Everyone he meets is amazed by his determination and spirited outlook, and have been able to see past the disability and respect him for who he is.
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