Burnley Bobcats’ Olympic honour

Burnley Bobcat Swimmers Katie Rennolds, Elizabeth Greenwood and Jamie Sharpley who have been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch.'Photo Ben Parsons
Burnley Bobcat Swimmers Katie Rennolds, Elizabeth Greenwood and Jamie Sharpley who have been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch.'Photo Ben Parsons

THREE youngsters from a Burnley swimming club have been chosen to carry the London 2012 Olympic torch.

Jamie Sharpley (12), Elizabeth Greenwood (13) and Katie Rennolds (13) have been selected in the run-up to the Olympic Games this summer.

The trio, who are among 8,000 people nationally to be given the honour, all swim for the Burnley Bobcats.

Elizabeth, of Read, was one of the first people in the country to be nominated to be part of the Olympic Torch relay.

The Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil, who has swum with Bobcats for almost a year, also claimed victory in the Lancashire Cross Country championships and finished second in the London Mini Marathon.

Her mum Jane said: “She is incredibly dedicated. She has achieved a lot and we are very proud of her.

“When she heard she would be carrying the torch she was really excited. It is something she will never get the chance to do again.

“She will be carrying the torch in Burnley on June 23rd, so all the family will be able to watch her.”

Jamie, who lives in Riddings Avenue, Worsthorne, is one of the youngest people in the country chosen to carry the torch.

The promising youngster, who trains five mornings a week, saw success at the Lancashire County Championships and went to the national finals in Sheffield last year.

He was nominated to be part of the torch relay by staff at St Christopher’s CE High School and found out he would be a torchbearer just last week. His mum Joanne said: “Jamie is one of the youngest people to be carrying the torch, because he is only 12.

“He has put a lot of work in. He trains 12 hours a week.

“He is absolutely thrilled to bits. I don’t think he realises quite how big an occasion it will be. We are really proud of him. It is a real honour for him to be chosen.”

He will take part in the torch relay on June 22nd in Morecambe.

Katie, a St Christopher’s CE High School pupil, has been swimming with Burnley Bobcats for five years, and has already clocked four national qualifying times this year.

Her mum Vicki said: “She would love to be in the Olympics. Rebecca Adlington is her idol and she does distance swimming like her. Katie gives 110% in everything she does and Burnley Bobcats has really brought her on.”

Vicki said it was great for Katie to be part of the London 2012 Olympics this summer.

She added: “Katie just came running in and said ‘I can’t believe I’m carrying the torch.’ I don’t think it has sunk in yet for her. When we think of how many millions of people there are in the UK, and out of all of them she has been chosen. It is a huge honour.”

She will be part of the torch relay through Accrington on June 23rd.