England ParaBadminton star Will Smith, from Prudhoe, has been chosen to be an Olympic Torch Bearer!! Will can be seen carrying the Olympic Torch in Gateshead on 16th June. At the moment Will does not know exactly where his part of the route will be, but he is really looking forward to being a Torch Bearer and he feels very honoured to have been chosen.
Will was nominated by Northumberland Badminton Association in recognition not only of his fantastic achievements in badminton, but also in recognition of how he has helped other amputees by visiting them and showing them what can be achieved. “Will is a brilliant role model and thoroughly deserves this great honour” commented Norma Waterfield, Northumberland Badminton Association’s Secretary, who co-wrote Will’s nomination.
Will recently picked up the EFDS North East Male Personality of the Year Award for the second time, and appeared three times on BBC and ITV Regional news programmes following the award ceremony.