So proud to be picked to carry Olympic flame

TORCHBEARERS Jonathon Bamber, Alexandra Rickham and Daphne Laycock.  ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120961-13)
TORCHBEARERS Jonathon Bamber, Alexandra Rickham and Daphne Laycock. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120961-13)
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IT’S the chance of a lifetime and something they will remember forever.

Jonathon Bamber, Alexandra Rickham and Daphne Laycock, will bear the Olympic torch as it passes through our area in the run-up to the 2012 games.

MY HERO Candice Cumming nominated boyfriend Jonathon Bamber to carry the Olympic torch.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (120961-5)

MY HERO Candice Cumming nominated boyfriend Jonathon Bamber to carry the Olympic torch. Picture: Paul Jacobs (120961-5)

They spoke of their pride as full details of the route, which will go through Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport, were revealed today for the first time.

The trio are among scores of community heroes across the country to be picked for the torchbearing honour.

Jonathon, 26, of St Andrew’s Road, Southsea, was nominated by his girlfriend Candice Cumming, a graphic art worker.

The 26-year-old said she put him forward for being so brave and selfless.

Jonathon, an account manager for an IT company, helped catch two yobs who had thrown a rock on to a woman’s head in Old Portsmouth.

Jon chased after the pair while his girlfriend took a picture of them.

This resulted in a conviction.

Candice said: ‘I put Jon forward because he’s such a good person who puts other people first.

‘Once he was driving home from work and he saw a disabled man in a mobility scooter had got too close to the kerb and had fallen in the road.

‘Jon pulled over and helped him back up.

‘But no-one else got up to help then man.

‘He is such a good citizen and that’s why I put him forward.’

Jonathon said: ‘It’s amazing that I’m getting this chance and I can’t quite understand how I got to this stage.

‘I’m excited, but do worry that I might drop it or the flame might go out. I’m sure it will be fine though.’

Connected to the Olympics in more ways than one is tetraplegic sailor Alexandra Rickham.

The 30-year-old competed in the Beijing paralympics and will carry the torch in Portsmouth.

She said: ‘I have been interested in the Olympics since I was seven years old and am so excited to see the games are coming home.’

Daphne Laycock, 66, of Christopher Way, Emsworth, was put forward by members of the Emsworth Girls’ Brigade, which is part of the Emsworth Baptist Church.

Mrs Laycock has been captain of the church group for 26 years and says she has enjoyed watching girls come along and grow as individuals.

She said: ‘I was surprised and shocked that someone my age would be picked really.’

These are just some of the people in our area who have been picked. A full list is due to come out shortly.

The Olympic torch is due to arrive in Portsmouth on July 15.

Torchbearers will be dressed in specially-made white and gold uniforms, and will each carry their own torch for 300 metres.

They can choose to either walk or run the route.

Other Olympic torchbearers:

Laura Carlisle, 16, from Fareham will carry the torch through The Needles on July 14.

Ruth Smith, 16, from Waterlooville, will carry the torch through East Cowes on July 14.

Sarita Jarrett, 39 from Havant, will carry the flame through Carisbrooke on July 14.

Kim Hosier, 51, from Portsmouth, will carry the flame through Fareham on July 15.

Andy Rogers, 55, from Fareham, will carry the flame through Fareham on July 15.

Ayesha Mclelland, 18, from Gosport, will carry the flame through Gosport on July 15.

Benjamin Godbold, 19, from Portsmouth, will carry the flame through Gosport on July 15.

Cathy Holc-Thompson, 45, from Havant, will carry the flame through Fareham on July 15.

Chris Adams, 45, Havant, will carry the flame through Bridgemary on July 15.

Daphne Laycock, 66, from Emsworth, will carry the flame through Gosport on July 15.

Fergus Carter-Brazier, 18, from Waterlooville, will carry the flame through Portsmouth on July 15.

Flavia Trewin, 54, from Fareham, will carry the flame through Fareham on July 15.

Henry Port, 13, from Petersfield, will carry the flame through Bridgemary on July 15.

Jonathon Bamber, 26, from Portsmouth, will carry the flame through Portsmouth on July 15.

Karen William, 49, from Gosport, will carry the flame through Bridgemary on July 15.

Kwesi James, 12, from Portsmouth, will carry the flame through Southampton on July 15.

Louis Faith, 18, from Portsmouth, will carry the flame through Portsmouth on July 15.

Margaret Hyde, 63, from Fareham, will carry the flame through Portsmouth on July 15.

Neil Mundy, 50, from Denmead, will carry the flame through Portsmouth on July 15.

Paul Curtis, 41, from Fareham, will carry the flame through Bridgemary on July 15.

Simon Cotaud, 29, from Portsmouth, will carry the flame through Portsmouth on July 15.

April Hornsey, 15, from Southsea, will carry the flame through Portsmouth on July 16.

Amy Wilton, 17, from Fareham, will carry the flame through Midhurst, on July 16.

Bron Carter, 60, from Waterlooville, will carry the flame through Portsmouth on July 16.

Vicky Scott, 32, from Fareham, will carry the flame through Chichester on July 16.