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92 year old dentist carries Olympic torch

A 92-year-old Bournemouth dentist, who won a bronze at the British Empire Games in 1950, was the oldest Olympic torchbearer for the London 2012 games.

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

62 years ago, Tony won the bronze medal in the three-mile run at the Empire Games which was held in Auckland, New Zealand.

He served in World War II before he went on to represent Great Britain, England and the British Empire. He then started a long and successful career in dentistry.

Tony has received an MBE for his services to dentistry and was nominated to carry the Olympic flame by the Benevolent Fund.

He is now hoping to raise more money and awareness for the Fund and is hoping that his fellow dentists and dental workers will support him and make a donation.

Tony 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.’

If you would like to sponsor Tony, go to http://www.justgiving.com/BDA-Benevolent-Fund.

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