Hartpury Governor carrying the flame for GB
As excitement for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics builds, the iconic Olympic Torch will be carried on its epic relay around the whole of the United Kingdom by 8,000 inspirational people. One of the torchbearers is local community sports volunteer and Hartpury College Governor Jane Holderness-Roddam from West Kington, who will be completing her leg of the torch’s journey in Shurdington on 23rd May 2012 at 5:35 pm approximately.
The relay, beginning at Land’s End on 19th May and finishing at the Opening Ceremony of the Games at the Olympic Stadium on 27th July, will pass within 10 miles of 95% of the country’s population. Sport England has linked up with 53 of the torchbearers to celebrate their work and achievements in grassroots sport, all of whom have amazing stories to tell.
Jane Holderness-Roddam won a Team Gold Medal in the equestrian Three-Day Event Team at the Mexico Olympics in 1968 on the diminutive Our Nobby. She won the Badminton Horse Trials twice in ‘68 and ‘78 and Burghley Horse Trials in 1976, as well as a European Team Gold in 1977. Jane is Council Chairman of the British Equestrian Federation and is involved with several other equestrian charities and organisations, and helps young riders from home and abroad to achieve their competition goals at her home at West Kington Stud near Chippenham in Wiltshire.
Jane said: “I was amazed to hear the news of my selection to be a torchbearer. It is a great honour
and I will be carrying it on behalf of all the equestrian community and wishing our three teams and Paralympians the very best of luck at Greenwich.