Harry could carry our Olympic dreams

A YOUNGSTER from Mirfield who has a rare genetic condition has been nominated as an Olympic Games torchbearer.
Harry Crowther, 12, has had his name suggested to carry the torch for a mile on its journey to the London event next year. Coun Martyn Bolt (Con, Mirfield) had the idea on Wednesday when games chief Lord Coe announced a search for candidates.
The former Olympic gold medalist wants 8,000 ‘inspirational’ figures to carry the torch 8,000 miles around the UK.
Coun Bolt thought of Harry for one of the Yorkshire legs as he is the only person in the world with Atypical Progeria Syndrome.
It makes the Mirfield Free Grammar pupil’s body age five times faster than normal. He already has the physical problems of a pensioner.
Harry is an ambassador for Mirfield and switched on the town’s Christmas lights in December on behalf of actor Sir Patrick Stewart.
Coun Bolt said: “It’d be great to have someone represent Kirklees and when this was announced I thought Harry might be ideal.”
Harry’s mum, Sharon Crowther, was delighted by Coun Bolt’s suggestion and said: “He loves sport but can’t play because of his condition.
“Harry would be really interested in carrying the Olympic torch. He loves watching the running and swimming on TV.
“I’m sure he’d find carrying the torch an amazing experience and it’d be even better if he took it through Mirfield as well.”
The torch procession starts from Land’s End on May 19 2012 and arrives in London for the games’ opening ceremony on July 27.
It is to travel through Manchester and Sheffield on its way around the UK, though the exact route is still being planned.
Kirklees Council officials hope the torch will pass through the district and a spokesman said: “Discussions will take place over the next few weeks.
“We are very keen for the torch to pass through Kirklees as part of the nationwide celebrations for next year’s London games.”
Nominations for torchbearers can be made by visiting www.london2012.com/games/olympictorchrelay.

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