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Swimming volunteer Adele carries Olympic Torch

21st June 2012

Swimming volunteer Adele Waterfall-Brown was honoured to carry the Olympic Torch in Darlington on Sunday.

The 26-year old was nominated by the ASA to be an Olympic Torchbearer in recognition of her involvement with volunteering.

I was so happy when I found out. It was a real honour and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Adele joined the ‘Young Disabled Volunteers Back Swimming’ programme in 2012 and since then has volunteered at a number of national events and within her local community.

As Adele is partially sighted but hasn’t let her disability hold her back and has built her confidence through volunteering.

She has also been inspired to start swimming for a Masters club herself and is now studying for a foundation degree in complimentary health care.

Adele said: “It was fantastic to be given the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch.

“I was so happy when I found out. It was a real honour and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I hope I can inspire other young disabled people to achieve good things in their lives as I have done, and understand that nothing should hold them back from being who they want to be.”

Adele’s father David added: “I am very proud that my daughter Adele was chosen to be a torch bearer.

“She has faced many challenges in her life because of her visual impairment but has overcome most.

“As a result, she has become a very energetic, enthusiastic, creative and extremely motivated individual whose aim in life is to further the lives of others with a disability by using such life skills.

“Adele has always been and will always be a champion of whom I will be eternally proud.”

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