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23 May 2012
Three of the University’s most inspirational staff and students are getting ready to carry the Olympic Flame as it makes its way though Cardiff.
Guylee Simmonds, a student at the Welsh School of Architecture; Ruby Miller, a student at the School of Healthcare Studies; and Stuart Vanstone, Head of Sport at the University will run with the Olympic Torch on 25th and 26th May 2012.
The three were selected as part of the Samsung Torchbearer nomination programme and make up part of the 8000 Torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame across the UK.
Selected for her outstanding commitment to her studies and her sport, Ruby Miller is one of the University’s most impressive students. A member of the University’s High Performance Sports Programme, Ruby started her cycling career at the age of 10 and has since enjoyed considerable success in all parts of the sport, including track, mountain bike, road and cyclo-cross.
On the international stage, Ruby has excelled. She was selected for the Olympic Development Programme 2008 – 2010 and was the National Cyclo-Cross Champion, National Mountain Bike Champion and National Track Champion in the 2009/10 season. More recently, Ruby was selected to compete in the Senior Track Cycling World Cup at the Manchester Velodrome. At University level, Ruby is Cardiff’s top point scorer in the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) competition
Guylee Simmonds was selected as a Torchbearer for his dedication to charity work. In the summer of 2009, prior to coming to study Architecture at Cardiff University, Guylee travelled to spend a month in Haiti, working with the Haiti Hospital Appeal, to provide a better medical infrastructure in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. He worked with disabled children in respite care and supported the charity with day to day logistics.
Following his visit, Guylee continued to involve himself with the charity, writing on their behalf to organisations seeking support, fundraising and writing articles on his experience of Haiti. In the summer of 2010 Guylee decided to spend his whole summer in Haiti, working as a logistical coordinator on the hospital site as well as travelling south by truck to deliver aid to the refugees in Port au Prince who lost their homes in the earthquake earlier in the year.
As Head of Sport, Stuart Vanstone has ensured that the University is at the forefront of Olympic and Paralympic activity in Wales, hosting three Training Camps in 2012 (football, boxing and Paralympic basketball). The cultural and economic benefits these camps will bring to the University, its students, the city of Cardiff and Wales as a whole are significant. Associated legacy programmes established by Stuart and partners across Wales will help encourage children and teenagers of all backgrounds and abilities into sport and will support and develop the next generation of Olympians.
The Olympic Torch started its journey around the UK in Land’s End on 19th May 2012 and will reach more than 1000 cities, towns and villages across the UK, with 95% of the UK population being within one hour’s distance of this historic event.
The Olympic Flame will be travelling through the streets of Cardiff from 25-26 May 2012, with local street celebrations taking place along the route. It will arrive at the Olympic Stadium in London on 27th July 2012 to mark the start of the Olympic Games.
Samsung is a presenting partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Cardiff University is one of only 31 universities to be selected as a partner in its unique Torchbearer nomination programme.
Cardiff University’s London 2012 activities – http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/olympics/
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