Kane Hoy will be one of the youngest people to carry the Olympic Torch after being nominated by his mum because of the way he has coped with bullying.
Kane, 12, who will have just turned 13 when he takes the Olympic Flame, was taunted for being overweight after an injury prevented him from taking part in sports.
His mum hopes he will prove the bullies wrong when he carries the torch on a leg of its journey through the Mansfield District on June 28.
Kane said: “I was a bit panicky when I first heard, but I am very excited to have been chosen as a torchbearer out of thousands of people in Britain.”
His mum Louise Hoy, 43, said: “The bullies told him not to run because he’d break the ground so I thought I’d nominate him to run with the torch and that would show them.
“He is very active and has lost quite a bit of weight recently. Being a torchbearer has been a big boost to his confidence and even some of the bullies have congratulated him.”
Kane broke his arm last year and had to stop taking part in his favourite activities of kayaking, trampolining and swimming while it healed. He also needed heart surgery when he was just four-days-old to correct a problem that meant his organs could have been deprived of oxygen. He now has hospital checks every 18 months.
His grandparents and friends will be lining the streets to watch Kane as he passes with the torch.