Saturday, 19 May 2012

Olympic Flame honour for Abby

Abby Jackson, who will be a Torchbearer in Kidderminster on 24 May.
A sports-mad 12-year-old from Shirley is set to play her part in the Olympic Games next week, when she carries the Olympic Flame.

Abby Jackson was nominated as a Torchbearer by her school – Woodrush High School in Bromsgrove – and will carry the Flame through Kidderminster on Thursday 24 May.

Abby said: “I’m really looking forward to taking part and running with the Olympic Torch – when I found out I’d been chosen as a Torchbearer, I felt very excited and very happy.”

She was nominated by her school as a result of her sporting contribution and her hard work. She has already represented the school at football, netball, hockey, gymnastics (representing her school at national level), athletics and rounders.

Outside school she plays football for Leafield Athletic girls’ football club and tennis for Blossomfield tennis club - winning the Warwickshire doubles at under-12 level. Abby is also a gymnast at Wythall gym club where she competes regularly.

Ruth Jackson, Abby’s proud mother, said: “My husband and I are extremely proud that Abby has been chosen by her secondary school to be a torch bearer. We are really looking forward to the Olympics and think it is very exciting.”

Abby’s moment to shine comes on the sixth day of the Olympic Flame’s 8,000 mile relay around the UK – which includes a visit to Solihull on Sunday 1 July.

For more information about the Olympic Flame’s journey through Solihull on 1 July, visit

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