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Barnsley Torch Bearers Prepare For Honour

Monday June 25 2012

TORCH bearers from Barnsley taking part in the relay are gearing up for the honour of carrying the torch this week.

Among the Barnsley people who are taking part are Hollie Woodhouse, Jack Mitchell, Hayley Youell, Dorothy Hyman, Sarah Wike and Tony Reeves.

Hollie, of Darfield Foulstone School, is a school council representative and an accomplished dancer who is a member of the Northern Ballet at Leeds. She will carry the torch as it travels through Dunsville in Doncaster on Tuesday.

Jack Mitchell, 19, of Royston, was nominated by his dad, Steve, and his stretch of the relay will be in Ackworth, West Yorkshire, on Monday.

Jack suffered a severe brain injury in January 2010 after falling on ice in the town centre. He was told he would never walk again, or have full use of his right arm, but he is on his way to making a recovery and hopes to be
able to walk unaided by Christmas.

Tony Reeves was nominated after donating his kidney to his wife, Kathryn, after she suffered kidney failure while she was expecting their son, Dylan. He took up running to keep fit after the operation in March 2008 and will
carry the torch in Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

In Barnsley the town's own Olympic hero, Dorothy Hyman, 71, will be carrying it through Lundwood. She won a silver and two bronze medals for Great Britain, competing in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, in the Rome and Tokyo Olympics in 1960 and 1964, and become the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1963.

Steve Stead, of Penistone, who works for Dransfield Properties, is a keen marathon runner and was chosen to take part via a poll of his work colleagues.

Dr Judith Hooper, director of public health NHS Kirklees will also carry the torch in Barnsley, having been nominated by her colleagues.

Sarah Wike - who has helped to develop Barnsley Parent and Carer Forum - was nominated by her colleagues. She will be carrying the torch on Tuesday.

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Reply Posted by PaulC on Tuesday June 26 2012 at 01:27
It's hard to believe Dorothy Hyman is now 71 wow! It doesn't seem 2 minutes since she was in the olympics herself......Where the hell does the time go?