Students take on relay responsibility

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NINE students from Sheffield Hallam University have been selected by Olympic Games organisers to support the Torch Relay on its journey through the country.

The sport students will travel with the Olympic Torch Relay team for the full 70-day journey, helping to co-ordinate the relay from one overnight destination to the next.

Sheffield Hallam is the only university in the UK to have been offered this opportunity, due to its unique partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Some of the students will travel ahead of the Torch to make sure everything is ready for the Torch’s arrival.

The rest will act as hosts on the shuttle buses that transport Torchbearers to where their part in the relay begins. They will brief the Torchbearers on their role in the relay.

The Olympic Torch Relay will be hosted in Sheffield by former Blue Peter presenter and Hallam media studies graduate Andy Akinwolere, while the university has three Torchbearers of its own, helping the Torch make its journey through the City.

Student Stephen Birkby, Hallam Union sports officer Colan Leung and Dan Porter, head of sport services at Sheffield Hallam, were all selected by the university to be official Olympic Torchbearers, as part of Samsung’s nomination programme for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Professor Philip Jones, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Our torchbearers were selected because they have inspiring stories and have worked hard to overcome difficulties. We’re proud they are part of the Games and I hope the university community and the Sheffield public get behind them and support them.”