“So magic of peace, unity and friendship being symbolized by the legendary Olympic Torch has once again started its travel around the farthest countryside village to the busiest urban areas of England. To be exact, the Olympic Torch Relay shall pass by more than a thousand cities of UK and shall be held by the hands of 8000 carefully selected people with promising inspirational stories. “
This year’s 70- day Olympic Torch relay has been participated by people coming from all ages and all walks of life with a hope that they may be able to realize the great advocacy of this prestigious sports event. As I look at the updates of the Olympic Games, the list and stories of each torch bearers caught my attention and somehow inspired me to create this blog post as a form of Salute to 5 of the Oldest People who are willing to uphold the honor, dignity and value of true sportsmanship. Let us all read this article and start being inspired by their very own life story.
1. Jill Stidever (75 years old)
Hails from a country town called Leicester. This inspiring woman has spent her 50 years of inspiring disabled young people to involve themselves into physical activities such as swimming. She’s a perfect example of a woman with humanistic approach with a sense of motherhood as she patiently coaches and accompanies her trainees in every competition that they attend. She uses her connections with schools and parents to come up with projects and opportunities to train special kids by giving a chance to be athletic.
2. Shirley Kay (77 years old)
Just like any other torch bearer, Shirley continues to develop and involve herself towards mentoring Disabled people in the field of Riding. Despite her condition as a cancer patient, she spends most of her time working as a supporter, mentor and friend to the disabled beneficiaries of Grimsby and Cleethorpes Riding for the Disabled Charity.
3. Tom Carroll (81 years old)
A tender father’s love and care inspired his son to nominate this man as one of the torch bearer for this year’s Torch relay. His cheerful and athletic image makes him ideal role model younger generations to take care of themselves. At his age, he could run as far as 3 miles a day. He also spend most of his time doing community works by going to school and relating his war time experiences as he used to work in Iraq as a Morse Code Operator.
4. Betty Gray – (91 years old)
She’s supposed to just stay at home and enjoy telling stories about her younger kids’ buts she’s indeed one of a kind. At an age of 91 this special woman continues to shine on the stage of sports as she hold the crown of being the Living legend of Welsh table tennis. Who would believe that on her age, she still works as a coach and sometimes would play table tennis on the leisure centers of her hometown. This lady has gone a long way in the field of sports industry and as a form of recognizing her efforts to be an iconic personality; she was given the 2010 Sport Wales Coach of the Year Lifetime Achievement award and acting as official ambassador for the sport position in Wales.
5. Diana Gould- (99 years old)
There is nothing more magnificent than to see this 99 year old woman carried the symbolic torch a month before she turned 100. Being the oldest participant in the said relay awed everyone as she proves her worth as one of the pillars of sports and fitness world. Inspired by her active lifestyle her granddaughter cited her numerous exercise classes in the retirement flats where she lives. Diana had her turn of holding the torch on July 25 and she carried it through The London Borough of Barnet.
These people indeed have their own way of inspiring people through their lifestyle. I know that they all deserve to become part of this legendary tradition which started thousand years ago in the Land of Ancient Greece.
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Run through: High Priestess Ino Menegaki lights the archaic pot at the ancient stadium during the rehearsal for the lighting ceremony Photo: GETTY IMAGES. Image seen at www.telegraph.co.uk.