Student, Max, was absolutely delighted when he realised he was one of the chosen few to carry the Olympic Torch when the flame reached York in June.
The Olympic Flame will be initially lit in Greece and arrives in the UK on 18 May 2012. 8,000 torchbearers will carry the Flame through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK, representing peace, unity and friendship. As it makes its way on the 70-day journey across the UK, the Torchbearers’ personal stories will have the power to inspire millions of people watching from around the world.
Max, 19, has Asperger’s syndrome and epilepsy and attends the University of York, where he is studying his second year Mathematics degree, supported by Neuro Partners who provide a study buddy, mentoring, study skills and social care support.
Max was nominated to carry the torch by his dad, who sent an application form and a CV to the Olympic committee which contained details of Max’s Duke of Edinburgh Awards, his former charity work in India, and representing York University in karate tournaments.
In October 2011 Max was advised that his nomination was being considered, and then in December his place was confirmed.
Max told Neuro Partners; “I am very excited. This is the first Olympic Games to be held in this country during my lifetime, and it’s an honour to be able to participate in the ceremony. I am very glad to be given the chance.
“I’m not worried about running a mile because I train three times a week with karate and I’ve done a lot of walking at weekends, especially when I was completing my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.”
Our congratulations to Max who carried the torch approximately 1 mile in the York area on 18 June 2012.