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Oldest Olympic torchbearer in 92-year-old dentist

A 92-year-old dentist who won a bronze medal back in 1950 at the British Empire Games was the oldest torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympics.

Tony Chivers, former chairman of the British Dental Association’s (BDA’s) Benevolent Fund, took part in the Portland to Bournemouth leg of the flame’s journey to the Olympic Stadium in London.

Former dentist in Bournemouth leg of flame’s journey

Tony secured his moment in the history books 62 years after winning a bronze medal in the three-mile run event at the Empire Games, which were held in Auckland in New Zealand.The Benevolent Fund nominated him for the honour.  Tony was formerly its chairman and was awarded the MBE for his services to dentistry.

After he served in World War II, Tony represented Great Britain, England and the British Empire as an athlete, taking bronze in the three-mile event at the 1950 Empire Games.  He then embarked on a long career in dentistry.

After he was nominated as an Olympic Torchbearer by the Fund, Tony is very keen to raise more awareness for the Fund, and hopes the people in the dental world would not only get behind him and cheer him on but also make a donation.

He said: ‘It is a real honour to be chosen to carry the Flame, which has travelled the length and breadth of the country. I’m pleased to also be launching the “Be Active for the Ben Fund” campaign and I hope to inspire others to organise and take part in activities for this year-long fundraising campaign.’

You can sponsor Tony at: http://www.justgiving.com/BDA-Benevolent-Fund

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