Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Braunton woman to carry Paralympic flame

10:42 19 August 2012

Christione Westlake from Braunton has been chosen as a Paralympic flame torch bearer.

Christione Westlake from Braunton has been chosen as a Paralympic flame torch bearer.

Archant

MS sufferer Christine Westlake will take part in a 24 hour relay to Olympic Park in London on August 29.

A BRAUNTON woman has been chosen as a torch bearer to carry the Paralympic flame on August 29.

Christine Westlake will be among 580 torch bearers, working in teams of five, who will carry the flame from Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire to the Olympic Park in London during an 87 mile, 24 hour relay.

The multiple sclerosis sufferer is wheelchair bound, but has not let that prevent her from being an active and inspirational part of her community.

Sainsburys is a presenting partner for the relay and Christine is one of 100 customers chosen after she was nominated through the Barnstaple store.

“I was very surprised to be selected as I knew that there were so many other nominations and didn’t think I would be chosen,” said the 55-year-old.

“It is a real honour to be taking part, especially as there were no Braunton torch bearers in the Olympic torch relay. My husband Stan is also looking forward to the relay, he will be pushing me in my wheelchair as I and can’t walk very far.”

A Guides leader for 36 years and a helper with her local Cubs for the past 14, Christine also organises and runs a weekly lunch for the disabled and elderly, working with a team of volunteers. In 2005 she was named Braunton Rotary Club Citizen of the Year.

She continues to encourage and inspire a variety of people to make a difference – including solo sponsored swims for Cancer Research and abseiling down a church tower. In June, she was carried across the Brecon Beacons for the MS Challenge.

The Paralympic flame lighting ceremony on August 28 will see four flames from London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh converge on Stoke Mandeville – known as the ‘spiritual birthplace of the Paralympic Movement’ – before being forged into one for the relay to London.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Four vehicles involved in collision near Landkey with two people cut from their vehicles by fire fighters today (Sunday).

Read more
09:30
Keira Martin, aged nine from Locksbeam Farm, Torrington, with her organic Ayrshire, Golden Oblique Snowdrop. Picture: Andy Keeble

Order your tickets now for the North Devon Show on Wednesday, August 3

Read more
Yesterday, 23:10
Survivors Catherine Eason, Lilian Bailey, Joyce Shipman from Braunton, and Adrian Partridge from Minehead show their support. Picture: Andy Keeble

Hundreds take part in Relay for Life at rugby club

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30
Barnstaple Park and Ride service by Park School is ending

Bus passengers who used the Barnstaple Park and Ride are now being directed to a new bus stop.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:07
Teddy has plenty of affection to offer his new owner.

With Barnstaple and District Cats Protection

Read more
Yesterday, 08:07
Set yoru sighst to fly high at this year's Ilfracombe Birdman.

Don’t miss the free South West Birdman extravaganza next Saturday (July 30)

Read more
Fri, 22:30
Chulmleigh’s retiring town crier Eileen Dolling will be ringing in the start of Old Fair week with the town’s new crier Ben Farlam. Picture: Contributed

Traditional fair begins on Tuesday evening with queen crowning and money scramble

Read more
Fri, 17:41
Last year's Relay for Life raised £17,000 for Cancer Research UK. Picture: TidyEye PR

All welcome to join the battle against cancer and have a fund day out at the same time – Barnstaple Rugby Club from 12noon

Read more
Fri, 17:15
Coco would love a new home with lots of toys

With Dogs Trust Ilfracombe

Read more
Fri, 14:23
The new Bideford Aldi store opens on Thursday, July 28. Pictures: Sarah Howells

The first 100 people in the queue at the grand opening at Atlantic Park, Bideford next week could win a whole stash of prizes.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications