Q&A: How to become a London 2012 Olympic torchbearer

Olympic Torch The search is on to find 8,000 Olympic torchbearers

With a year to go before the Olympic flame arrives in the UK, the search has started to find 8,000 torchbearers to take part in the 70 day long Olympic torch relay.

How do I become a torchbearer?

To become a torchbearer you should be nominated by someone else.

7,200 of the 8,000 torchbearers will be publicly nominated via four campaigns.

The first campaign is Locog's 'Moment to Shine' search which aims to find 2,012 torchbearers.

Campaigns from three sponsors - Coca-Cola, Samsung and Lloyds TSB - will be launched separately.

How do I nominate someone?

To nominate a torchbearer through the Moment to Shine campaign visit the London 2012 Olympic torch relay website.

You will have to write 100-150 words on why you believe your nominee deserves to carry the Olympic flame.

You must be aged 12 or over at the time of nomination and have the permission of your nominee. Adults can be asked to make the nomination on behalf of younger people.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes, but "only if you can't find someone to make the nomination", say London 2012 organisers.

Who can I nominate?

The organisers are looking for "inspirational people" who have made a contribution to their community. Half of the torchbearers are expected to be aged between 12 and 24 years old.

Sebastian Coe, chair of Locog said: "This is a great occasion to give someone you know, who has made a difference and who deserves recognition, their moment to shine."

Nominees must be individuals aged over 12 years of age and UK residents.

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How far will torchbearers have to run?

It varies but the average distance will be 300m.

Can I nominate more than one person?

Yes.

How are the torchbearers chosen?

The Moment to Shine campaign will establish judging panels in each nation and region of the UK to choose torchbearers for their area.

The number of nominations that a candidate receives will not affect their chance of becoming a torchbearer - if an individual receives more than one nomination, just one will be selected at random and presented to the judging panel.

When is the deadline for nominations?

There are six weeks to nominate torchbearers via the Moment to Shine campaign before the deadline of 11.59pm on 29 June 2011.

There will, however, be further opportunities to nominate torchbearers during campaigns organised by the three sponsors of the Olympic Torch Relay from June 2011.

When will the successful torchbearers be announced?

Torchbearers are expected to be revealed from January 2012 onwards.

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