Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

An award winning student from Tameside College has been nominated to carry the Olympic torch when it passes through Manchester.

Sport and Leisure student, Alex Williams, who earlier this year accepted the National Teen Community Hero Award and Children’s Champion Sport Award has been nominated by Karen Hunter, Head of Sport at Tameside College, to carry the Olympic Torch for being a truly inspirational person. Karen comments, “We would like to wish Alex the best of luck with his bid and hope that he is successful in bearing the famous Olympic flame”.

As the Junior Ambassador for sport in Tameside, Alex frequently attends Charity fundraising events and undertakes a number of voluntary work positions which led to him winning two national awards. Both award ceremonies were held in London where he rubbed shoulders with celebrity guests including, Katy Perry, James Corden, The Wanted, JLS and Peter Andre.

Alex also plays wheelchair basketball for Oldham Owls and the North West and has trained with the Great Britain wheelchair basketball team, which inspired his dream to compete in the Paralympics.

Alex comments, “It would be an honour and a privilege to be part of history and carry the Olympic torch, it feels very overwhelming that somebody wants to nominate me for such a big thing, it makes me feel proud”.