Activ8’s Laura to carry Olympic torch

Laura Kydd, an inspirational Sport Northern Ireland Activ8 Young Leader and pupil at Lisneal College, Derry, is getting geared up to carry the Olympic Torch through Newtownabbey on Sunday, June 3. [01-06-12 SML 10]

Laura Kydd, an inspirational Sport Northern Ireland Activ8 Young Leader and pupil at Lisneal College, Derry, is getting geared up to carry the Olympic Torch through Newtownabbey on Sunday, June 3. [01-06-12 SML 10]

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Olympic fever is burning bright for Lisneal College pupil Laura Kydd as she gets set to carry the Olympic Torch this weekend.

Ahead of the London 2012 Games, Laura (17) and a squad of young Olympic Advocates, who are part of Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 Young Leaders programme, have developed a range of leadership skills through sport.

In return for her hard work and dedication, Laura is being given her moment to shine after she was nominated to carry the iconic Olympic flame.

On Sunday 3 June, she will be running through Newtownabbey with the Olympic Torch.

Laura, who is a dedicated community volunteer and sports woman, has completed many charity events from running miles for sport relief and taking part in sponsored walks/runs for Foyle hospice, Marie Curie cancer, and Children in Crossfire.

She also gave up her Saturdays for a full year to attend cross-community courses and summer schemes so that she could help other people in her community.

Chair of Sport Northern Ireland, Dominic Walsh, commented: “The girls are all incredibly passionate about participating in sport, and are enthusiastic ambassadors, helping others to be more active. They are truly inspirational and clearly understand the benefits that sport can bring to themselves and to the wider community.”