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Olympic honour for teenager Jake

Teenager Jake Cook has been asked to carry the Olympic Torch on a leg of its journey as recognition of all his voluntary work.

Jake, 17, a student at The Sheffield College’s Norton College, will take part in the torch relay when it passes through the city on June 25.

The youngster, who is studying for a BTEC in Sport and Exercise Science, was chosen because of all the voluntary sports coaching he does in local primary schools.

He said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I feel really lucky. I love sport, and am really enjoying the course because it is so varied, covering sport as well as sports massage, anatomy and psychology.”

Jake was also one of many students and staff members from the college to take part in an Olympic-style event at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield in March. The students took part in track and field events including the high and long jump, the 400m and 800m and the shot put.

Andrew Cropley, principal of Norton College, said: “I think it’s brilliant that Jake has been selected for the Olympics torch relay, and that staff and students got into the fun and spirit of the games early by holding their own version at a leading local sports venue.”

Paul Hudson, general manager at the English Institute of Sport, said: “The Norton Olympics was a great event and a fantastic way to inspire the students, providing them with the opportunity to compete in our world-class facility where many elite athletes are training for the 2012 Games.”


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