Young South African set to run in London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
22 March, Pretoria…Moegamat Rogers from Hanover Park in the Western Cape has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to run with the Olympic Torch as a result of his involvement in London 2012’s international sports legacy programme, International Inspiration.
He is amongst a group of 20 young people involved in International Inspiration who will take part in the Olympic Torch Relay in Nottingham in the UK on 28 June.
There will be one Torchbearer coming from each of the 20 countries which are part of International Inspiration, from Azerbaijan to Zambia. Each International Inspiration Torchbearer was nominated and selected either for their dedication and commitment to inspiring children and young people in their communities through the power of sport or for the personal challenges they have overcome in their lives.
Moegamat was nominated by his school – Mountview Secondary – because of his active role in promoting youth leadership and good values at his school.
International Inspiration is bringing to life the promise made by the London 2012 bid team where they pledged to reach young people all around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport. The programme is delivered around the world by a unique partnership of organisations including the British Council, UNICEF and UK Sport.
International Inspiration is enriching the lives of more than 12 million children in 20 countries around the world through high-quality and inclusive physical education, sport and play. The programme is currently helping change the lives of over 12 million young people.
Moegamat said: “Being involved in International Inspiration has enabled me to develop my leadership abilities and to make a difference in my community. I am very excited about being an ambassador for school and my country at the Olympics.”
Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said: “I’m thrilled that young people from around the world will also get the chance to run with the Olympic Flame. Moegamat has been a real inspiration in his community and truly demonstrates how sport can change someone’s life. Moegamat’s story is truly inspirational.”