Herefordshire has been chosen to host a Flame Celebration in August to mark the start of the Paralympic Games – and the council wants to hear people’s nominations for who should travel down to London to bring the County’s Paralympic Flame back to Herefordshire.
The County’s Flame Ambassador will attend the London Flame Lighting event on 24 August in Trafalgar Square and bring part of the Flame back to the celebration to be held at the Royal National College for the Blind and thePoint4 Centre on 25 August.
Cllr Olwyn Barnett, chairman of Herefordshire Council, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be hosting a Paralympic Flame Celebration in Herefordshire and hope that people will be keen to join us on the 25 August to celebrate everything that is good about the Paralympic movement.
“However in order to get the celebrations underway we’ve got the very important matter of appointing our ‘Flame Ambassador’ to collect the Flame on behalf of Herefordshire, so I urge people to get their nominations in as soon as possible”.
Steve Ashton, Herefordshire’s legacy officer for the 2012 Games, said: "It's fantastic for the local area to be part of the London Paralympics and for Herefordshire to be hosting a Flame Celebration in August.
“Herefordshire has a number of athletes competing at the Paralympic Games and it will be a great opportunity for the people of Herefordshire to demonstrate our support for them”.
The day will include a ‘Have-a-go’ session at thePoint4 Centre between noon and 4pm, families and individuals will have the opportunity to try their hand at sports like blind football, goalball, wheelchair basketball and seated volleyball. This will be followed by a celebration event at the main campus at the Royal National College for the Blind including live music, bands, fun activities and a real family friendly festival environment. Both events will be ticketed but will be free of charge.
The Flame will be kept on display throughout the day and will be presented and paraded at the celebration event.
The council is now looking for nominations and wants to hear about inspirational people in the county who should be our Flame Ambassador.
Nominations should be marked ‘Paralympic Flame Ambassador’ and sent to Matthew Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of Thursday, 31 May 2012. They can also be posted to: Matthew Taylor, sports development, Herefordshire Council, P.O. Box 4, Plough Lane, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0XH
• Details for each nomination should include: why the person being nominated should be the Herefordshire’s Flame Ambassador in no more than 200 words. Ideally using the official Paralympic values of Courage, Determination, Inspiration & Equality– and don’t forget to include your contact name and telephone number
• The Flame Ambassador should live, work or study in Herefordshire or be involved with a sports club in the area
• People are more than welcome to nominate themselves
• The chosen Ambassador(s) must be available to travel to London on 24 August and be able to attend the presentation of the Flame on 25 August between 4pm and 6.30pm; so please check with them first. (Travel to London will be provided)