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Bromsgrove torchbearer in Paralympic 24-hour relay
10:10am Wednesday 29th August 2012 in Local
An inspirational Bromsgrove resident was set to have the honour of carrying the Paralympic Torch today, (August 29), ahead of the opening of the London games.
Richard White was chosen to take part in the relay as he is considered a role model for people with cerebral palsy.
The 30-year-old had an illustrious career in both athletics and football for elite disabled athletes, on the world stage.
The Paralympian won bronze medals in the 100m and 200m at the Sydney games, and competed at the games held in Athens.
Richard also played for England CP Football team on four occasions at the World Robin Hood Games, and won medals at the Paralympic world and European championships.
Richard was due to carry the torch through Watford in the early hours of this morning as part of the special 24-hour relay from Stoke Mandeville, where the Paralympics was first held, to the Olympic Park.
He was chosen to carry the flame as part of a team of five torchbearers who are being recognised for their support and commitment to the Cerebral Palsy Sport charity.
The London Paralympics, expected to be the biggest ever held, begin this evening with the opening ceremony, and finish on September 9.