Sports centre manager Andrew Watson is to be one of Sheffield’s torchbearers for the Olympic Games.
The general manager at Abbeydale Sports centre, who is a scout leader at 20th Sheffield Scout Group, will carry the flame when it passes through Sheffield on June 25.
He said “I was absolutely gobsmacked when I found out I’d been nominated, let alone selected! My colleagues down at the Scouts had put me in for a nomination and I must admit I’m still in a state of shock. It really will be a great honour to be part of the Olympic legacy. It’s a fabulous opportunity for myself and one I’m sure I will never forget.”
Meanwhile, Andrew, who lives in Ecclesall, has been helping to plan an Olympic legacy project – the next South Yorkshire School Games at Abbeydale on July 2 and 3. The winter games were held in March.
More than 1,600 pupils are expected to take part in the two-day event, which will include football, cricket, rugby, rounders and indoor rowing.
Andrew said: “The School Games are about inspiring young people to take part in more competitive school sport which will form part of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy for years to come.”