College Students in a Blaze of Glory
Ben Bowns with the Olympic torch, image courtesy of Doncaster
Thousands of enthusiastic well-wishers thronged the
streets of Doncaster to welcome the Olympic Torch as it arrived in
the town on its marathon journey around the country.
University Centre Doncaster student
Ben Bowns and ex- Doncaster College student Simon Wheatcroft played
their part in an extraordinary day. Both men had the honour of
carrying the Olympic flame in front of family, friends and crowds
of excited onlookers
Ben Bowns ,(21) a sports science student,
carried the flame through Warmsworth and Simon Wheatcroft, who was
an Access to Higher Education student, ran his 300-metre stint with
the Torch in Armthorpe.
Ben, as well as being a student, is an
outstanding prospect in ice hockey and has just signed for Hull
Stingrays. He already has a clutch of honours including netminder
of the tournament at the World Under 20 Championships, and this
year he was selected for the senior Great Britain Squad for the
He was chosen to be a torch bearer because of
his passion for sport and fitness, his concern about rising obesity
levels and the general lack of health awareness in the town, and he
firmly believes that if young people participate in and enjoy sport
there is more chance that they will go on to lead healthy
Ben from Mexborough helps to coach young
players at his local club and has helped with the School of
Excellence coaching scheme.
Simon Wheatcroft with Olympic Torch,
image courtesy of Doncaster Free Press
Simon, (30) from Rossington is a visually
impaired, ultra marathon runner, and is currently studying at
university in Sheffield
“I was nominated to carry the torch off the
back of my ultra running," said Simon. "Bored in 2010 I decided to
take up running, eight months later I entered my first race, a
100-mile run through the hills of the Cotswolds.
“Being blind, I mastered training alone
outdoors. By memorising a six-mile route I trained relentlessly
outdoors in order to begin competing at the ultra distance.
"This resulted in a nomination from one of my
guide runners who help me to compete. It was a wonderful surprise
to find I had been nominated and I will forever be grateful to them
University Centre Doncaster runs a number of courses covering
sports, health and exercise sciences from its High Melton Campus
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