Published: 07/06/2012 12:35 - Updated: 07/06/2012 14:57

Local Olympic torch bearers speak of their pride

Written byBy Laurence Ford

Torch bearers Rodger Watt and Sandra Ross
Torch bearers Rodger Watt and Sandra Ross

TWO local Olympic Torch bearers spoke of their delight today at being chosen to carry the famous flame on its Highland journey.

And Sandra Ross, from Nairn, really will find herself in the spotlight when she carries the Olympic symbol into the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness where more than 1,000 people will be attending a celebratory concert starring Emeli Sande and a host of entertainers.

Sandra (62), has been the driving force behind Nairn Amateur Athletic Club for over 20 years, as well as playing leading roles with Nairn Highland Games and Nairn Sports Council.

She will light a celebration cauldron on the stage at the conclusion of the concert.

Sandra said: "It feels brilliant to have been chosen. It was confirmed in February and since then I have been getting more and more excited day by day.

"I am really enjoying it. It is such a brilliant honour to be doing it for Nairn and for myself."

And 17-year-old Rodger Watt, from Drumnadrochit, will certainly be in the limelight in his home village of Drumnadrochit as he will be carrying the flame past his own home to the cheers of family and friends.

The Glenurquhart High School pupil is a keen basketball player, representing his school before going on to win international honours in the Scotland under-16 squad.

This involves him undertaking an eight to ten hour trip every weekend to train in the Central Belt.

This summer he is going to live and work in Guatemala with a child sponsorship charity working with under privileged youngsters.

He has four sisters, two of whom have special needs, which has developed in him an unending patience and sensitivity and care towards others, said his sponsors who put his name forward as a torchbearer.

Rodger told the Highland News: "It is really exciting and such an honour to be chosen.

"I am taking the flame from the surgery in Drumnadrochit to Kenmore Road, and I will be passing my own house, so everyone will be out cheering me on."

Ken Kelling, Olympic Torch Relay advance manager, speaking in Inverness said people around the world were following the progress of the flame which comes into the Highland Capital on Saturday.

He said: "This is one leg of the relay that this team is really looking forward to. It is a hugely wonderful part of the country and I think we are, hopefully, going to show case this when we take the flame through."

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