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Sarah Shaffi, Olympics editor (news)
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The Olympic Flame visited the Robert Burns statue on day 34 of the Torch relay.
The Torch was carried 121.77 miles by 141 torchbearers from Dumfries to Bowness-on-Windermere.
Demelza Powell, 34, from Dalbeattie, started with the Flame at the Robert Burns statue. She is currently a full time carer, as she has adopted two little boys with disabilities, and still has time for voluntary work and is currently working with SOFT UK as a fundraising officer.
Shameem Arnold, 35, from Wilton, carried the Flame along Whitehaven Harbour front. Shameem was selected for her work in helping to make people happier and fitter through dance. Three years ago she had ME and couldn't walk. Following the illness she created Moky, fun dance fitness classes, with the aim of making exercise accessible for everyone by using simple fun dance routines.
Andrew Holden, 70, from Barrow, carried the Flame on an open top bus in Grasmere. He is dedicated to the sport of hockey, and has been playing since the age of 14.
Stephanie Booth, 14, from Windermere, carried the Flame on a steam boat on Lake Windermere. Stephanie was nominated for her time and dedication to triathlon and has represented Cumbria in both swimming and cross country.
The final torchbearer of the day was Jan Booth, 23, from Kendal, who carried the Flame into the evening celebration at The Glebe. She was nominated for the work that she does in her role as County Chairman of Cumbria Young Farmers Club.
Other torchbearers included Chris Moss, who lost most of his sight due to illness and was told by neurologists that he'd never walk again, but is now an active basketball player having joined a team for members with disabilities.
Michael Park, 47, from Cockermouth, is team leader of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, a charitable and voluntary organisation based in Cumbria. Over the last few years Mike has led 40 team members through challenging rescues including the Cockermouth floods, the West Cumbria shootings, and the Keswick school coach crash.
Thomas Braithwaite, from Wigton, is a member of the Watchtree Wheelers Cycling Centre and visits regularly to take his parents on a tour of the Watchtree Nature Reserves cycle tracks.
The teenager has numerous health difficulties including Down's Syndrome, Autism, impaired hearing and severe learning difficulties. He has overcome countless obstacles to get to where he is today, including major heart surgery.