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Stornoway Olympic Torchbearers Named

The torchbearers for the Stornoway leg of they Olympic Torch Relay are: Kirsty Wade, 49; Chancy Macleod, 47;  Eilidh Mackenzie, 22; Elizabeth Macleod; 36; Gemma Steele, 20; Roma Macleod, 20; Janet Smith Mcnaughton, 52;  Jenny Mactaggart, 15;  Kayleighanne O` Carroll, 14; Norman Mackenzie, 32.

Kirsty's Torchbearer Case Study reads:

"Kirsty from the Isle of Lewis is a former Commonwealth triple Gold Medallist and competed in the Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games. She has since turned her talent to the community, working in the remote town of Stornoway to inspire hundreds of people to build and retain their fitness. She runs an aquafit class, a JogScotland group and for the past five years has organised the Stornoway Womens' Cancer Challenge 5k run. During that time, over 2000 women have taken part in the chance to walk/run together and thanks to Kirsty's efforts, have raised a total of £60,000 for local Cancer Research. Kirsty is an inspirational athlete, who has helped hundreds of local people believe in themselves again. In a remote island community beset by problems of ill-health, her leadership has restored health, fitness and confidence to the community, irrespective of age, gender or previous fitness levels. She would be a worthy Torchbearer for the Islands."

The Olympic Flame route in Stornoway

Monday 11th June - 6.32am:

Start at Western Isles Council offices on Sandwick Road, right turn down Sandwick Road, along James Street, right turn onto South Beach Street, Castle Street,   North Beach, Bayhead to Mitchell’s roundabout (at Spar), through Porter’s Lodge up to the Lews Castle College and return to Porter’s Lodge.  Across Mitchell’s Roundabout, up the whole length of Matheson Road, to Sandwick Road, left turn along Sandwick Road to Engrebret’s Roundabout. Up Smith Avenue to school carpark and onto the running track to the relay finish. Then the flame will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Inverness.

Full information on the Olympic Torch Relay