MOST 12-year-old children can only dream of being an Olympic athlete, but that fantasy looks set to come one step closer to reality for Read’s Elizabeth Greenwood after she was nominated to carry the London 2012 Olympic Torch.
In association with Lloyds TSB, members of the public are being encouraged to nominate the person they believe most deserves to carry the Olympic Flame as it tours the UK.
And Elizabeth has been one of the first to be picked out.
Greenwood, who trains with Blackburn Harriers, has achieved a string of impressive results in her budding cross-country career, winning the Lancashire Cross-Country Championships, and finishing second in the London Mini Marathon.
And the Clitheroe Grammar School student can scarcely believe her luck after being nominated to rub shoulders with the stars as an Olympic Torchbearer.
“It’s a dream of mine to one day run at an Olympics, so the chance to carry the torch would just be incredible,” she said.
“I love running and I train so hard because one day I want to be a professional athlete. Cross-country is my favourite event so to run with the torch would be perfect for me.
“To meet some of my heroes as well would be great.
“Jenny Meadows and athletes like that are real inspirations to me and make me want to train harder to be like them.
“I would love to be at London but we don’t have tickets to go.
“The Olympics are by far my favourite sports event so any chance to get involved is great.”
With the cross-country season over for the summer, Elizabeth is concentrating hard on her training and the occasional track meet.
And the 12-year-old admits she is already itching to get back out competing, as long as she can juggle her time with all her schoolwork.
She said: “I am pretty good at not letting my homework get on top of me.
“I hope my school don’t hear me say this, but I don’t actually get that much homework, so it’s not too tough.
“I get to go out and train with the Harriers twice a week, and then run in my own time as well, which is nice when the weather is sunny.”
• TO nominate yourself or someone else to be a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer with Lloyds TSB, visit www.lloydstsb.com/carrytheflame. Nominations close on September 12th.