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Sarah Shaffi, Olympics editor (news)
Monday, June 11, 2012
The Olympic Flame travelled to some of Scotland’s most northerly communities on day 23 of the relay.
The Torch travelled 29.7 miles on the ground and was carried by 40 torchbearers on the journey from Inverness to Stornoway.
It was flown to the Orkney Islands and arrived at Kirkwall Airport in the morning.
The first Torchbearer in Kirkwall was Inga Kemp, 22, from Orkney, who started with the Flame in front of St Magnus Cathedral. Inga was nominated for her work in netball and hockey youth development coaching.
Alyson Bain, 23, from Orkney, carried the Flame on Harbour Street. She was nominated for her commitment to athletics which have been reflected in her achievements.
The Flame left from Kirkwall Airport just before noon to head to the Shetland Islands by plane.
The first torchbearer in the Shetland Islands was John Nicolson, 74, from Scalloway, who was nominated for the instrumental role that he has played in the provision of the sport and community facilities in Shetland.
Megan Keppie, 17, from Shetland, carried the Flame to the Welcome to Shetland gate. Megan was nominated as she is one of two Young Ambassadors from Shetland.
Mark Wylie, 45, from Lerwick, nominated for being an inspiration to children in sport for 27 years, carried the Flame to ‘The Knab Lookout’ where he handed it to Julie Grant, 40, from Scalloway. She was nominated for her hard work and determination in setting up and running Shetland Gymnastics.
Matthew Cox, 42, from Shetland, carried the Flame as it was taken across Clickimin Loch in a boat. Matthew was selected for the work he does in managing the island’s sport centre, which includes running the local swimming club.
Faye Richardson, 22, from Shetland, carried the Flame into the Community Festival in Lerwick. Faye was nominated for her dedication to athletics and her work as a local lifeguard.
The Flame departed the festival by helicopter and was taken to John O’Groats on its way to leaving the Shetland Islands.
The Flame arrived at Stornoway Aiport at 6.45pm.
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