Nominate your Olympic Torchbearer

All you have to do is nominate a person who you think is a Local Hero and goes the extra mile. It could be a friend at school, your sports coach, in fact, anyone you know. Simply tell us why they deserve the honour.

You will have to write 100-150 words on why you believe your nominee deserves to carry the Olympic flame.

You must be aged 12 or over at the time of nomination and have the permission of your nominee. Adults can be asked to make the nomination on behalf of younger people.

Can I nominate myself?Yes, but “only if you can’t find someone to make the nomination”, say London 2012 organisers.

Rosemary Chileshe( in picture), the former Miss Zambia UK was nominated as an Olympic torchbearer by her partner Carl Ellis

The former beauty queen has not only been honoured with a Gathering of Africa’s Best award for her HIV and Aids campaigning, but has also been recognised by the Queen for her contribution to national life.

Rosemary in an interview with London Newspaper said: “it would be “an honour and a privilege” to carry the torch for the on behalf of all the people I have worked with”.

Ms Chileshe, 30, who represented Zambia at Miss World 2004 and Miss Universe 2007, added:
“Olympics in London is a fantastic opportunity – it would be a historic moment for me.

“I want to give the message out there that you should use everything you have as a talent.”

The nominees who have been shortlisted will be told by email the week starting 8 August 2011. The person who made the nomination will also receive an email.

The shortlisted nominees will then be put forward to one of 12 judging panels around the UK. The stories will remain anonymous as the judges decide which they think have the power to inspire the world.

In December 2011 we will let people know whether or not they’ve been chosen to be one of the 8,000 inspirational Olympic Torchbearers.

You can nominate using the following links:

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