Canning Town cheerleader to take part in Olympic torch relay

An aspiring teacher from Canning Town has been offered the chance to become Newham’s designated torchbearer at the London 2012 Games.

Melanie Brown, 23, was nominated by her sister Angela for her dedication to tutoring youngsters in the art of cheerleading. All being well, she will carry the flame along part of its journey around the country next July.

She started cheerleading at the age of seven when she became one of the founding members of the Ascension Eagles, based in Custom House, before becoming a coach at the age of 15.

The Ascension Eagles have since represented the UK three times at the World Cheerleading Championships, and claimed bronze last year.

An excited Melanie said: “This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“It will be amazing to have my family and friends there watching me, and to become part of an Olympic legacy,

“It’s also a brilliant chance for youth of this country to be shown in a positive light, which is why I’m honoured to be representing my home borough of Newham.”

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The only things left for Melanie to complete before she books her place on the relay is to confirm her uniform size, and double check her diary to make sure she is free on the day.

Shara Brice, founder of the Ascension Eagles, said: “Mel is an outstanding leader, a gifted teacher and an inspirational person. In everything she does, Mel is one of Newham’s best all-round ambassadors.”