Olympic dream for torchbearers

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A teenager from Kimberley and a 12-year-old from Selston were picked out of thousands of applications to become Olympic torchbearers.

Zach Radford, 18, was nominated for his voluntary work and 12-year-old Georgia Zadins – one of the very youngest of the 8,000 torchbearers chosen nationally – was picked for her achievements at school.

Zach, of Bayswater Road, Kimberley, spends all of his free time volunteering and was nominated by his mum.

He had helped out at the town’s Beavers and Cubs groups since he was 14, spends his summer holidays working with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, and regularly works with rescue seals.

Mum Dawn said she was ‘very proud’ of her son.

Selston Arts and Community College student Georgia Zadins said being chosen was ‘like a dream’.

She was nominated by a teacher at the college for battling severe asthma and not letting it get in the way of her achievements.

Dawn Gregory, described her as ‘an inspirational student and a fantastic role model’.

“In 2010 she suffered a series of asthma attacks but never let this get her down,” said Ms Gregory.

“She has learnt how to manage the condition and is now keen to get involved in a variety of activities.

“She is our year seven netball captain and motivates and organises her teams for practices and matches. She strives to achieve her best in her school academic work.

Ms Gregory said Georgia ‘thoroughly deserved’ the opportunity and the college was ‘extremely proud’ of her.

Georgia said: “When I first found out I had been nominated I didn’t sleep, it was just like a dream.

“The hardest part was not being able to tell my friends that I had been nominated.

“Now it is confirmed my friends and I are just so excited! I can’t believe that I will be carrying the actual Olympic Flame.”

Georgia will be torchbearer for a leg near East Markham and Zach will carry the torch through Kirton.

The pair will be two of 119 torch bearers in Nottinghamshire and 8,000 nationally.