One of Bath’s sporting stars will carry the Olympic Torch through her home city on 22 May, it has been revealed.
Modern Pentathlete Kate Allenby MBE has won over 50 international medals in a career spanning 14 years – including World, European, World Cup, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
Kate, a P.E teacher at The Paragon Junior School, Bath, and Fencing manager for the Modern Pentathlon at the London Olympic Games, also runs a national mentoring programme for 13-20 year olds in multi-discipline sport. She was nominated to become a Torchbearer by the British Olympics Association.
Living in Limpley Stoke, Kate said: “I’m immensely proud to have the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch through my beautiful home city. It’s going to be a fantastic day and a great way to kick off a whole summer of celebrations leading up to the Games and beyond.”
Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “It’s fantastic that someone of Kate Allenby’s sporting calibre will be joining our other inspirational Torchbearers in Bath on 22 May.
“Bath & North East Somerset Council encourages people from all over the district will get involved by lining the streets to celebrate this once in a lifetime chance to share in the Olympic spirit and mark the countdown to the start of the Games.”
More details of the Torchbearers taking part in the Torch Relay through Bath on 22 May can be found at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/torch2012, where you can also find out where you can see the Torch and get answers to “frequently asked questions” to help you to prepare for the big day.
Residents are advised that, due to the rolling road closures in place for the Torch Relay, Bath’s Midland Road recycling centre will close at 3.30pm on Tuesday 22 May. The nearest alternative recycling centre is available at Pixash Lane in Keynsham (open until 4.15pm).