Adam grabs slice of Olympic glory

Honour: Adam Broomhead
Honour: Adam Broomhead

A Chorley Council officer has been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after finding out he will be carrying the Olympic Flame as it passes through the North West on its journey to London.

Adam Broomhead, who works in the leisure team, got the news on Friday and is one of 8,000 inspiring people who will get the chance to carry the Torch as it travels across the UK next year.

He was nominated by one of his colleagues for his excellent contribution to the Chorley community, particularly through his work creating and running activities for children with disabilities.

The 24-year-old said: “When I received the email confirming I had a conditional offer to be a torch bearer I was surprised at first to have been given the opportunity.

“But I’m also delighted to have the chance to be a part of the torch relay and get involved with the Olympic Games, which is an unbelievable prospect.

“I was thankful to my colleague Alyson for nominating me and I am overwhelmed with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Adam has always had an interest in sport and will also be part of the football volunteering team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Adam works as an Inclusion in Sport Activator at the council, creating and running activities for children with disabilities.

He’s also the Streetgames Mentor, delivering low cost sport at evenings and weekends in most health deprived areas of Chorley.

He said: “I’m really passionate about sport and my role is to develop all sessions we run to ensure all children in Chorley have opportunity to take part in physical activity and sport.”

“It’s very humbling to be nominated and I’m overwhelmed to be part of the team carrying the torch.

The Olympic Torch will be passing through Chorley, Euxton and Croston ahead of next year’s Games on June 1 so everyone in the borough will have the opportunity to get involved.