Eleanor becomes South Bromsgrove's second torchbearer

By Tristan Harris 21/03 Updated: 21/03 00:31

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THERE was a double celebration at South Bromsgrove High School this week - as well as teacher Caroline Siddell being chosen to be a torch-bearer, student Eleanor Smallwood was also selected.

The 15-year-old has always had a passion for sport and is both a Young Ambassador and an Adi-Star.

That has seen Eleanor working tirelessly to encourage children of all ages to participate in sporting activities and promote the London 2012 and Paralympic Games within her school.

She has carried out voluntary work, running after-school sporting clubs at local schools.

It stated in her citation, which was put together as part of her nomination: "Eleanor has overcome great shyness and has gained in confidence by taking on a variety of new challenges through her volunteering and mentoring work.

"Eleanor enjoys helping children of all ages to experience new activities and to develop existing skills.

"She has inspired children of all ages to adopt a healthier lifestyle and to achieve a higher level of physical fitness and therefore, I believe that she deserves the great honour of carrying the Olympic Flame."

Eleanor said: "I am really excited to be an Olympic torchbearer, I feel honoured to have been given this once in a lifetime opportunity."

South Bromsgrove High School's headteacher Paul Topping said everyone was delighted a teacher and a student from South had been selected.

"To be part of an 8,000 strong team along an 8,000 mile route is a real honour and privilege.

"I am sure Caroline and Eleanor will play their part in inspiring the millions of people who will be watching to become involved in the spirit of the London games."

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