Olympic Torch Relay: 12-year-olds thrilled to carry the flame

The Olympic Torch Relay will visit every nation and region of the UK this summer on its 70-day journey to the Olympic Stadium in London.

Thousands of people will get the chance to carry the flame, including 212 12-year-olds who will be the youngest people taking part in the Torch Relay.

Four of the lucky 212 share their feelings with BBC News School Report about what it's like to be picked for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Abigail, from Abbey Grange Academy, Leeds

Who nominated you and why?

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Image caption Abigail is one of 212 12 year olds chosen to carry the torch.

Miss Cole, my PE teacher nominated me. I think she nominated because I'm sporty, hard-working and energetic. I also love PE - it's my favourite subject!

How did you find out you had been picked as a torchbearer?

Sometime last year, I think it was December. I was on my way to my English lesson when Miss Cole saw me and asked if she could speak to me for a minute. She then told me that I'd be chosen to carry the Olympic flame for 300m.

I didn't even realise I'd been nominated so when I found I was very, very excited!

How do you feel about being one of the youngest torchbearers?

It's an amazing opportunity and I feel lucky to be a part of the Olympics. Not many other people will ever have the chance to carry the Olympic flame and I'm pretty sure it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life.

What are you most looking forward to about this special experience?

There's lots of things that I'm looking forward to such as seeing lots of people out on the streets watching the flame be taken through their communities.

But I'm most looking forward to actually having the torch in my hands and seeing what it feels like to hold.

James, from Shepshed High School, Loughborough

Image caption James, centre, was interviewed by Jasmine and Jordon, both Year 8

Who nominated you and why?

My PE teacher, Mr Snutch. think it was because I not only love sport but I like helping others get better at it too.

How did you find out that you had been chosen as a torchbearer and how did you feel?

Mr Snutch told me and then I got a letter home confirming it. I was really excited and proud to get this once-in-a-lifetime chance.

How are your parents coping after finding out you will run with the torch in Loughborough and seeing you on East Midlands Today last week?

They are as excited as I am and they keep getting me to ring my granddad to keep him up to date.

Do you want your schoolmates there to cheer you on?

That would be great but it might be a bit scary though!

Henry, from Mounts Bay Academy, Penzance

Image caption Henry, from Mounts Bay Academy

How did you find out you were a torchbearer?

I've know now for about a month because Mr Ragett had to get my mum to sign a leaflet giving me permission to do it.

Why were you nominated?

For helping the community: I've just recently picked up my half colours badge, and I've worked in a nursery feeding the kids, and also I've been laying the tables and cooking in a restaurant.

How do you feel about it?

Really, really happy!

Will you be training for it?

Yes - I'm going to be doing a lot of training. I'm going to train with a brick because that's how heavy the Olympic torch is going to be!

How long have you had to wait to tell people? How did your friends react?

I've been waiting about a month and I've been really wanting to tell people! My friends were really happy for me and I'm still getting a lot of compliments even now.

Tom, from Kelvin Hall School, Hull

Image caption Tom was interviewed by Kieran, Year 7, and Amber, Year 8

Who nominated you and why?

Mr Thompson - one of my PE teachers - nominated me because I play football and rugby, as well as running cross-country.

How did you find out that you had been selected as a torchbearer?

I knew that I had been nominated but I didn't find out until my mum got a phone call from school telling her I had been chosen to carry the torch.

She told me I'd got through by asking me to bring her our torch at home.

I didn't know why until she told me I'd have to get used to carrying a torch because I had been chosen as an Olympic torchbearer! I was really excited and happy.

How do you feel about being one of the youngest torchbearers?

I'm really excited to be have been chosen and I can't wait to find out where I will carrying the torch, as at the moment all I know is that it is somewhere in Hull.

What are you most looking forward to?

I just can't wait just to hold the torch and run with it. It's very exciting and a fantastic opportunity. Everyone is really pleased for me too.

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