South Bromsgrove High teacher to carry Olympic torch

By Tristan Harris 19/03 Updated: 20/03 09:56

Buy photos » Torchbearer Caroline Siddell with South Bromsgrove High School students Freya Morris, from year 12, Oliver Kay from year nine, year ten pupil Eleanor Smallwood and Nicole Bailey, year nine. s

A TEACHER from South Bromsgrove High School will be one of those carrying the Olympic torch when it comes through Worcestershire on May 24, it has been announced.

As well as teaching PE at South since 2004, the inspirational Caroline Siddell has also mentored international sport champions and was named The Sunday Times National PE Teacher of the Year in 2009.

She said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been nominated as a Torchbearer for Worcester - it is a real honour and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I’m sure local people will want to share the excitement and line the route, so they can see the torch make its unique and historic journey through the city first hand.”

Caroline was nominated by a former student who praised her for the numerous events, activities and clubs she organised and described her as a fantastic teacher and an incredible leader and motivator.

"Her will to enhance the lives of all children at our school and in our area through the means of sport is incredible.

"I watched her inspire children with any level of ability and lead them to a more equal and fair chance of getting involved with sporting activity.

"I am in awe of her work and her mentality that all children have the right to shine and it`s been through her hard work and dedication that has seen children with mental, social and physical difficulties as well as those with none, thrive upon the opportunities she has created.

"I just hope that this incredible woman I have the pleasure of calling a hero and a friend, can be recognised through carrying the Olympic torch - an honour I feel she was born to experience."

On May 24, the torch will travel through Bewdley, Kidderminster, Droitwich and Fernhill Heath before arriving at Worcester, where it will stay overnight, before resuming its route from Worcester Cathedral on May 25.

Then it will head to Cardiff, via Powick and Malvern.

An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the flame on its 8,000-mile journey around the UK, which will culminate in the lighting of the giant cauldron at the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium on July 27.

Sebastian Coe is the chairman of London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

He said: "Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life.

"The flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the games to our streets."

He concluded by saying now people knew the flame's scheduled route, they could start planning how they would most like to contribute to their county's moment of glory.

For more on the route and the torchbearers announced today (Monday), visit:

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