TORCHBEARERS were limbering up this morning amid a buzz of anticipation as the region prepared to welcome the Olympic Torch.
Among the inspirational community figures to be honoured with the prestigious Olympic role was Skegness tai chi instructor Glennis Rogerson.
The 70-year-old has suffered with numerous debilitating illnesses throughout her life but despite these significant obstacles she has still found the time, energy and compassion to help others overcome their pain by teaching them her own specially developed therapeutic techniques.
Having spent the past few weeks spreading the spirit of the Games to local primary school children, Glennis is now looking forward to her big Olympic moment,
She said: “It’s very exciting, but 350 yards is quite a short distance so I’d like it to be longer.
“The great thing for me has been visiting all the schools across the region to see the happy children and teach tai chi, which was absolutely super.
“I think it’s so lovely to be involved, and it’s not just about today, it’s everything else that’s going on, like a cake that keeps getting more and more layers to it,”
Before Glennis is passed the torch in SKegness, 16-year-old Rowan Wright will be carrying the flame as it passes through Winthorpe.
He said: “It’s a great honour to be given the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch and it’s an experience I don’t think I will ever forget.”
Rowan was nominated to be a torchbearer after the Young Farmers awarded him the title of Under 17 Young Farmer of the Year 2012.
The Wright family have an extra special connection with the Olympic Games as Rowan’s father Robin has been an integral part of the team which formed Lincolnshire’s Olympic bid for the Torch Relay.
Robin will also be volunteering during the Games in London and is immensely proud of his son’s involvement in this Torch Relay which he feels will be a spectacular culmination to five years of anticipation.
He said: “I can still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when we first got the bid five years ago.
“I’m volunteering at the Games in a month’s time, so to see my son playing a part in it is enormously exciting.
“This Torch Relay is great news for Lincolnshire and for the SO Festival - we’ve been connected with the Games for the past two years, so I think it is very fitting that with a month to go we have this lunch time visit.
“This can only help local businesses and the economy, which has been tough this year with the weather we’ve been having.”