Police officer has his moment to shine

Supt Shaun Morley...South Yorks Police
Supt Shaun Morley...South Yorks Police
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He is a South Yorkshire Police superintendent by day - but in his spare time Shaun Morley is manager of the Great Britain wrestling team for the Olympics.

And tomorrow, he will swap his uniform for a white tracksuit when he carries the Olympic torch through Chesterfield.

Earlier this week, the Sheffield-based officer did his bit to ensure the torch’s safe passage through South Yorkshire as part of his day job.

However, at lunchtime tomorrow in Chesterfield town centre, it will be the 46-year-old’s own moment to shine.

Supt Morley, from Dronfield, said: “It’s strange to think that at the start of the week I was helping to make sure the Olympic torch relay passed smoothly through the county and, by the end of it, I’ll actually be taking part in the relay itself.”

Supt Morley, who has been a South Yorkshire Police officer for 20 years, has grappled with a few villains in his time.

He was nominated as a torchbearer by a colleague for his service to the public and to sport.

He started wrestling at the age of seven and has competed for 20 years.

He was national champion five times and was ranked in the top 10 in the world.

He also won medals at European level and was European Police Champion in 1992.

Supt Morley, who was born in Chesterfield, has managed the England wrestling team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and 2010 Games in Delhi, India,.

However, London will be the first time he has managed a GB Olympic team.

He said: “I feel really honoured and privileged to have been chosen as one of the 8,000 bearers taking the torch throughout the UK,”

“I think the relay is definitely helping to build excitement for the Games and get people involved.”

Supt Morley is set to take hold of the flame at 1.20pm tomorrow and carry it along Walton Road onto Bobbin Mill Lane and Wellgrave Road, cheered on by family and friends.