David Beckham to bring Olympic Flame to the UK

London 2012 ambassador David Beckham will attend the Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony in Athens and bring the Flame back to the UK ahead of the 70-day Torch Relay.

Beckham, who was part of the successful London 2012 bid team in 2005, will be joined at the Ceremony on 17 May by five young people invited to take part in recognition of their commitment to sport.

The official delegation will be led by British Olympic Association President and LOCOG  Board Member HRH The Princess Royal, Chair of LOCOG Seb Coe, Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Starring role

The young people, who have been selected from schools and colleges involved in the London 2012 Get Set education programme and school linking programmes run by the British Council, will have a starring role in the Ceremony.

They are: Dennis Coles, aged 17, from East Ayrshire, Scotland; Chloe Brown, aged 18, from Bangor, Northern Ireland; Sean White, aged 17, from Swansea, Wales; and 15-year-old Georgia Higgs, from Cornwall, England.

‘Pride and excitement’

LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: ‘We wanted to involve young people from across the UK in bringing home the Olympic Flame. Their stories of personal achievement and contribution to sport echo the 8,000 inspiring Torchbearer stories that will be shared from this weekend and over the next 10 weeks in the build up to the start of the Games.’

Dennis Coles from East Ayrshire said: ‘Going to Athens is a fantastic opportunity, and to be part of such an historic ceremony representing my school and country, fills me with pride and excitement.’

The young people will also be on board the BA2012 flight carrying the Olympic Flame from Athens to RNAS Culdrose, landing on Friday 18 May before the Olympic Torch Relay commences the following day.

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