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Award Holder to carry Olympic torch through hometown

on Thursday 31st May.

Diana Champion Fundraiser, 17 year old Cameron Foster will carry the Olympic torch through his hometown Hindley on Thursday.

Cameron is one of 8,000 inspirational people chosen to carry the Olympic torch. He said: “I have been waiting for this day for such a long time now and I can’t believe it is almost here. I feel totally honoured and privileged to have been given this amazing opportunity to be part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy. I hope my story continues to inspire others to get involved with their local communities and raise the awareness of the good work other young people in the UK are doing. I hope I do my home town of Hindley proud and I look forward to giving my local community their moment to shine.”

At the age of 9, Cameron suffered serious injuries following a skiing accident during a school holiday. He fell 40 feet on to compacted ice breaking both legs, dislocating both ankles and breaking my arm. During his recovery he spent 6 weeks in a wheelchair and it was during this time he realised how difficult it must be to play sport and it was this that inspired him to organise a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Wigan disability Sports Forum where he managed to raise over £5,650. This money has helped buy specialist equipment for disabled athletes in Wigan.

Since then Cameron has taken part in many charitable events for different causes from abseiling 140 feet down Old Trafford football ground for Cystic Fibrosis to appearing in pantomimes for Derian House Children’s Hospice, and has now raised over £20,000 in total.

But it’s not just about raising funds, he also wants to give something back to others and his local community and it was with this in mind that he started to get involved in volunteer coaching with both able bodied and disabled people young. Cameron has travelled to Kenya with Cricket without Boundaries, and his second trip will be to Cameroon in November.  Their aim is to spread cricket through the countries by coaching children and teaching adults how to coach and link the sport to HIV/AIDS awareness and incorporating these messages into every day coaching sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

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