Published: 16 August 2012 at 14:47
Anglia Ruskin’s Paralympic star will collect English Flame from Trafalgar Square
Dan Gordon, Principal Lecturer in Sports Science at Anglia Ruskin University and a former Great Britain Paralympian, has been selected to carry the Paralympic Torch from Trafalgar Square in London to Cambridge on Friday, 24 August.
The 39-year-old, from Bourn in Cambridgeshire, will be joined by Rebecca Gilbertson from LIVING SPORT in bringing the Torch to the city ahead of a four-day tour of the county (24-27 August).
The pair will carry a Torch lit from the English Flame, which will be sparked by scouts at the summit of Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, on Wednesday 22 August. The scouts will use the traditional technique of rubbing flint together to create sparks and kindle the Flame.
After lighting a ceremonial cauldron in Trafalgar Square on Friday, 24 August, the Flame will then tour different parts of England before heading to Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, the spiritual home of the Paralympic movement. There it will be united with the other three national Flames during a special ceremony on Tuesday, 28 August to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame and this will then make its way to the Olympic Stadium in London in time for the opening ceremony on Wednesday, 29 August.
Gordon, who represented Great Britain in the track cycling at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens and broke the indoor and outdoor world records for the 1km Time Trial, said:
Lord Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: