Duo’s Olympic shock

Torch glory - Northallerton College's Marc Scott and Fergus Roberts. (S)
Torch glory - Northallerton College's Marc Scott and Fergus Roberts. (S)

A DEDICATED duo are celebrating their sporting success as they prepare for their shining moment in history.

Northallerton College has not one but two students selected to carry the Olympic torch as part of its 70 day journey around the UK this summer.

The young sportsmen Fergus Roberts and Marc Scott have both been chosen for their outstanding contribution to athletics.

Marc has represented Great Britain with his skill in mountain running and recently attended the world championships in Albania.

The 18-year-old, of Northallerton, said: “It was actually my mum who nominated me. I couldn’t believe it and I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet that I am going to be carrying the torch.

“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and such an honour.”

Fergus and Marc were both informed by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games that they would be part of the 8,000-strong team of torch bearers. Fergus was nominated by Northallerton Rotary Club for his achievements in cross country in which he was national champion at just 13.

Now 17, the Northallerton student said: “It was a bit of a shock when I found out, but a great surprise to be chosen.”

The students will both receive special Olympic track suits to wear when carrying the torch and will take part in the event between York and Hull in June.

Head of physical education Anna Harvey said: “They are both great ambassadors for sport in their own events and it is fantastic that they have an opportunity to represent their sport and carry the torch.

“When we found out they had been chosen to do this there was such a buzz in the college; they were being congratulated by the students and teachers and we are very very proud of them.