Waterside man, Trevor McClay, will carry the Olympic Torch through Articlave, between Coleraine and Castlerock in June.
Trevor, 66, is from Woodburn Park and was nominated by his wife Audrey last year and recalled the moment he received the good news.
“I was delighted when I heard that I had been accepted,” said Trevor happily. “I only started running when I was 61 to raise awareness about a condition that my wee grand-daughter has and here I am now getting ready to carry the Olympic Torch through Articlave.”
Trevor’s grand-daughter, Ellie, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder known as Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).
PWS affects around one child in every 22,000 and often sufferers require extra attention and support when going through school. Sufferers of PWS can also exhibit compulsive behaviour.
“I suppose you could say that this whole story started when Ellie was diagnosed with the condition in 2006,” said Trevor.
“I started running in order to raise awareness and funds to support those with the condition but I suppose I also started running because it helped me to cope with what was happening to Ellie.”
Trevor said that whilst he is immensely proud to have been accepted as one of the thousands of torch bearers his mind is focused on a more important date in July.
“I will be representing PWSA (UK) in the London 10k road race in July,” said Trevor.
“I’ll hopefully raise plenty of money for the charity because not very many people know about PWS.
“But before that, I have the torch to carry and I can’t wait. It should be a great day out and I hope that I make my family proud.”
If you would like to contribute to Trevor’s worthy cause visit his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/TheBelle