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Carrying the torch for epilepsy
Congratulations to Thai boxing champion Andrew Lofthouse who is one of the first people to be offered the chance to be a torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympics.
Andrew from Oldham who is a Thai boxing instructor, referee and judge is also the prime carer for his mum who has had a series of illnesses, and his aunt who has epilepsy. He also volunteers on several boards and committees within his community to represent the views of young people.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has so far made 6,800 of 8,000 conditional offers to aspiring torchbearers to take part in the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay. The final torchbearer team will be announced in March after candidates have accepted their date and required background checks have been carried out.
Candidates have been selected through a number of channels. Andrew was nominated through a public nomination programme. He has represented England four times at World Championship level winning a gold, two silvers and a bronze medal in Thai boxing.
Said proud Andrew: ‘I am delighted to be offered the chance to be a torchbearer for the 2012 torch relay – to be involved with the Olympics is an honour.’