London 2012: Young torchbearers carry Flame on final day of Torch relay
Seven young people will be among the final torchbearers ahead of the Olympic Torch reaching Stratford today.
The Flame will be taken onto the Gloriana, the Royal Rowbarge which was presented to and named by The Queen in a ceremony that took place earlier this year and will provide a lasting legacy to mark the Diamond Jubilee, by four times Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent at around 7.30am at Hampton Court Palace.
He will light a ceremonial cauldron, and over the course of the morning, while the Gloriana goes down the River Thames, seven young torchbearers will light a Torch from the cauldron and carry the Flame for approximately eight minutes each.
Among the young people will be Amber Charles, 22, from Newham, who went to Singapore as part of the London 2012 bid team seven years ago, and Akosua Scantlebury, 25, from Bow, who was nominated for her work with youth clubs.
Amber will carry the Flame in front of City Hall and Tower Bridge at around 12.45pm.
The other young torchbearers will be Anastasia Chitty, 18, from Stockwell, London, nominated for her achievements in rowing; Nathalie Murphy, 25, from Thornton Heath, London, nominated for turning her life around with the support of Kids Company; Terry Bobie Agyekum, 20, from Newham, nominated for making numerous outstanding contributions to his local community; Jimmy Hazard, 19, from Bristol, nominated for his achievements in weightlifting; and Yusuf Jimacale, 21, from Ealing, who was nominated for his success through the Hammersmith & Fulham Kickz football programme.
A total of 18 torchbearers will carry the Flame on the final day of the relay.
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Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), said: “Support for the torchbearers has been immense with over 13 million people lining the streets across the UK cheer them on.
“Thank you to each and every person for giving the Olympic Flame such a magnificent welcome and celebrating the best of the UK with us.
“Together we have given the London 2012 Games the best possible start and we are delighted to have seven inspiring young people carrying the Flame on the last leg of the Olympic Torch relay.”
Gloriana will be rowed by 16 oarsmen and women who will be drawn from a squad of 28 rowers on-board on the day. The squad is made up of former British Olympic rowing crews dating back to the 1948 Games and Olympians of the future from London Youth Rowing, and includes rowing greats such as James Cracknell and Jonny Searle.
After the Flame reaches City Hall it will then remain out of sight until it appears at the opening ceremony tonight.