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Olympic torch relay has a hockey flare

May 24, 2012

Since 19 May 2012, the Olympic torch relay has been touring the UK ahead of the London Olympic Games.  In total the journey will last for 70 days and the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers.

Organisers of the Torch Relay say 95% of the country's population should be within one hour of the route, which ends on 27 July with the lighting of the cauldron during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, Stratford.

Yesterday the torch went from Bristol to Cheltenham and Great Britain star Georgie Twigg, recently named in the GB women's Olympic squad, had the honour of carrying the flame along Henleaze Road in Bristol. Twigg, who was nominated by Bristol University where she studies Law alongside her international career said, "It was an absolutely amazing day. I just couldn't believe how many people were there - it was beyond belief. I was in a bus behind the procession from the start of the day which really added to the anticipation and nerves.

"It was such an adrenaline rush and showed how everyone's going to get behind Team GB for the Olympics. What's so great about the relay is that it's generating such a buzz around the Games and the whole country's united in it's excitement."

On the same day the Torch also headed down Clevedon Road in Bristol where it went past Firebrands Hockey Club who celebrated its arrival in style with hundreds of club members and local school children turning out to show their support. Firebrands have been planning the event for months and their hard work more than paid off with the BBC and Olympic Gold Medallist triple Jumper Jonathan Edwards paying a visit to the club just a couple of weeks ago to see what preparations were underway for the arrival of the Torch Relay.

On the day itself though some of the greatest excitement was reserved for Great Britain star Susie Gilbert.  Mike Leatt, Chairman of Firebrands said, "Susie was absolutely brilliant. She was in every team photo, signed hundreds of autographs and truly motivated youngsters ahead of the Olympic Games."

 

Source: England Hockey Board Media Release

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