Holly embodies spirit of the Olympic flame

Gymnast Holly Hamill pictured at the British Championships 2011 held at Fenton Manor, Stoke-on-Trent where she won 4 Gold medals in the ribbon, hoop, ball and clubs events and the overall title of GMPD Senior British Champion. INNT 32-216-CON
Gymnast Holly Hamill pictured at the British Championships 2011 held at Fenton Manor, Stoke-on-Trent where she won 4 Gold medals in the ribbon, hoop, ball and clubs events and the overall title of GMPD Senior British Champion. INNT 32-216-CON

AN INSPIRATIONAL teenager from Glengormley has been nominated to carry the Olympic Flame for Coca-Cola’s London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Sixteen-year-old Holly Hamill is a rhythmic gymnastics champion who suffers from cystic fibrosis.

From the tender age of just four weeks Holly has required a daily cocktail of tablets, inhaler and nebulisers, and regular physiotherapy in order to stay ‘healthy’.

In 2009 Holly was selected to be part of the GMPD (Gymnastics and Movement for People with a Disability) British National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. Since then she has gone on to win six Gold medals and two Silver medals at the Rhythmic British Championships and claimed the Junior title two years in a row. This year Holly returned from the British Championships having won all 4 Gold Apparatus medals - taking her first Senior title.

Holly said she was delighted to have been nominated to carry the Olympic Flame.

“I’m really excited to have been nominated and would so love to be chosen as a Future Flame,” she said.

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