Ricky delighted to be running with Olympic torch

Ricky Williamson
Ricky Williamson

DEDICATED young community champion Ricky Williamson has been chosen as a torchbearer for the Olympic flame.

The Leven teenager will be donning the offical white and gold uniform on June 12 to transport the flame 300 metres through Guardbridge, when the showpiece Games relay comes to the Kingdom.

Ricky, from Leven, was thrilled to be selected, after being nominated for his diverse activities to help and inspire young people in his community.

Mum Jo put his name forward last year and he was overjoyed when he heard he’d made the final list.

However, he admitted it was hard to stay quiet about it before the recent official announcement.

“I tried not to think about it,” he added.

Dad David was equally delighted for Ricky, who founded the Fife Youth Radio network two years ago to engage with young people and allow them to learn new skills in radio presenting and production.

Among other awards, he was a finalist in Young Scot of the Year 2011, while last month, he starred in a series of national TV ads showcasing the work he and Fife Youth Radio had done with young local people, supported by the O2 Think Big youth programme.

Ex-Buckhaven High School pupil Ricky (17) is studying community work at Adam Smith College and hopes to be involved in youth work in some capacity when he finishes.

Reaction to his Olympic role was swift, with the radio website having received 11,000 hits.

“I felt fantastic to get the opporutnity to carry the torch and I just can’t wait for the day,” he told the Mail.

Levenmouth can also boast teen beauty pageant winner and model Sula Powell, of Windygates, as a torch carrier when it passes through Cupar.

On June 12, the flame will make its way through Newburgh, Cupar, Dairsie, Guardbridge, and Leuchars, before arriving in St Andrews the following day.

It will then travel through nearby local authority areas before returning to Fife, in Cairneyhill, Crossford and Dunfermline.

Grant Ward, Fife Council’s head of leisure and cultural services, said Fifers would have a chance to line the Kingdom routes and get involved in “this historic event”.

An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the flame during its 8000-mile journey around Britain, before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.