Double Olympic blow for Spen folk

Spen athlete Sheila Bolland with the letter which confirms she is still in the race to become an Olympic torch bearer d26081171
Spen athlete Sheila Bolland with the letter which confirms she is still in the race to become an Olympic torch bearer d26081171
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AN athletics stalwart has missed out on a unique chance to carry the Olympic torch in the build up to the 2012 games

Sheila Bolland, 69, was nominated to be a torch bearer, but found out this week that she had not made the final line up. However she said she was hugely honoured to have been nominated.

Sheila is a 30-year veteran of the Spenborough Athletics Club where she remains an integral part of the club’s staff. As well as competing, she helps out behind the scenes and runs the tuck shop during training.

“I am disappointed, but it was nice that I did get through to the second stage of consideration,” she said.

“I just hope that they have some people who are involved in athletics to carry the torch, but I’m still looking forward to the games.”

While neighbouring towns of Batley, Dewsbury and Brighouse will all see the torch pass through their high streets, the Spen Valley is noticeably absent from the list.

Nominees up and down the country are now finding out whether they have been chosen as torch bearers.

However, two more from Spen have still not heard whether they have been successful.

Claire Roe, 36, was nominated in reward for her feats as a coach at Cleckheaton and Gomersal FC over the last six years.

And Leonie Sutherland, 24, made waves this year by taking part in a charity yacht race that raised more than £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. She was nominated to be a torch bearer by her proud father, Steve.