Sian gets her hands on the Olympic Torch

FLAME Sian Wood carries the Olympic torch
FLAME Sian Wood carries the Olympic torch
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KEEN sailor Sian Wood held the torch through the bustling streets of Winchester.

The 24-year-old from Paxton Road in Fareham was nominated for her work for a local sailing club.

Six years ago Sian was left with a brain injury following a car accident.

But she didn’t let it get in the way of her love for sailing.

After carrying the torch through the city, she said: ‘I feel tired now. I was very excited.’

Her mum, Davida, 49, said it was a great atmosphere as people lined the streets.

‘It was absolutely amazing,’ she said.

‘She was all smiles all the way down.

‘Everybody was cheering her on. It was lovely.’

Sian carried the torch in her wheelchair, but at the end she managed to stand up to pass the flame to the next torchbearer.

‘That was quite a moment,’ Davida added.

‘She had been practising that with her physiotherapist.

‘She did very well. I just feel really exhilarated.

‘It’s been a long day but I am very proud of her.

‘All her friends were there to cheer her on.

‘It’s given her a tremendous lift. It gave her a goal to aim for.

‘She stood up with the torch. That gave her something to strive for.’