Dedication to sport has paid off for 12 lucky residents who have been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch.
The 12 people from Darlington have been chosen to carry the torch on a leg of its journey through the region after being nominated by family and friends.
Andrew Woodward , 46, was chosen for his dedication to sports coaching and Thomas Denham, 20 was picked for his achievements in his sport of freestyle wrestling. They will both carry the torch through Darlington on June 17.
Martin Dauber, 22, was chosen because of his efforts with children’s football and he will carry the flame in Marske by the Sea on June 18.
Charlie Graham, 19, was picked for his dedication to sports coaching and will carry the flame in Loftus on June 18.
Shaun Campbell, 50, was chosen as a result of his work with the Arthur Wharton Foundation and will take the torch on a leg of its journey in Saltburn by the Sea on June 18.
The youngest resident chosen is Samantha Gould, 12, who was chosen for her excellence in sports and academic studies. She will be carrying the torch in Hartlepool on June 17.
Serena Hartley, 46, was chosen for her work with people with multiple sclerosis and will also carry the torch in Hartlepool on June 17.
Sam Hollis, 29, was nominated for his work coaching young people in sport and will carry the flame in Middridge on June 17.
Matt Carnelley, 20, was picked for his sports coaching work and will take the flame on a leg of its journey through Hartlepool on June 17.
Emma Whitworth, 28, was chosen for all her fundraising efforts for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. She will carry the torch in Hartlepool on June 17.
Adele Waterfall Brown, 26, who has limited vision, was chosen for her work at the International Disability Championships. She will carry the flame in Middridge on June 17.
Helen Maddison, 24, was chosen for her work with HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust and will carry the torch in Shildon on June 17.