Sailing legend Geoff’s Olympic torch pride

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Sailing legend Geoff Holt carried the Olympic torch with pride today.

The disabled sailor from Shedfield transported the flame by wheelchair as it passed through Swanage, in Dorset, at lunchtime..

Geoff Holt carries the Olympic torch

Geoff Holt carries the Olympic torch

Mr Holt was chosen after completing challenges in recent years, such as becoming the first quadriplegic to sail unassisted across the Atlantic.

He thrilled scores of onlookers by wheeling around in circles in his wheelchair as he carried the torch on a special bracket attached to the frame.

The flag-waving crowd let out a huge cheer as he powered powered his electric wheelchair along the street.

He said: I feel very proud and it was great to carry the torch.’

‘I was chuffed to bits and the first feeling I had was excitement and proud that I was picked.

‘There’s been some negativity about the Olympics coming to London, but I think it’s such a positive thing.

‘Being a torchbearer was amazing - even though it’s not for very long, it’s a privilege.

‘But I have also been able to witness firsthand how great this is for the British sailing team.

‘Not just the elite athletes taking part, but the funding that is now in to raise the game and improve the skills of other sailors.’

Geoff carried the torch for 300 yards along Ilminster Road on to Shore Road, in Swanage.