Olympic Flame to pass through these streets in Weymouth and Portland!
By SailGirl | Monday, March 19, 2012, 21:00
Today the Olympic torch relay route has been confirmed.
The Torchbearer street route for Thursday 12 July starts at Salisbury Cathedral and finishes at Weymouth Beach, going through Portesham, Chickerell, Wyke and on to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. At around 6.50pm the Olympic Torch will be transferred to a Cornish pilot gig rowed by Weymouth Rowing Club who will row it to Weymouth Beach in time for the evening celebrations!
The torchbearer street route for Friday 13 July starts at 7.05am at Portland Bill and continues through Southwell, Weston, Easton, Fortuneswell, and on to Weymouth, passing via Buxton Road, Rodwell Road, Rodwell Ave, Spring Road, Cove Street, Cove Rowe, Trinity Road, North Quay to Newstead Road, Westwey Rd, then on to Preston, Osmington, through Winfrith, Wool, Wareham, Corfe, Swanage and through the rest of East Dorset to Bournemouth Beach Front!
Wendy Morrell from Broadstone in Dorset has been chosen by Lloyds TSB to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay, and as ever Dogs for the Disabled assistance dog Udo will be by her side.
Wendy and Udo, a Golden Retriever, will carry the Olympic torch on Friday 13 July between Portland and Bournemouth in the torch relay preceding the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In her teenage years Wendy was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) – a chronic pain condition that can affect any area of the body. Then following a knee operation she was diagnosed with Algodystrophy, a condition that affects the growth of bone and cartilage.
Despite using a wheelchair to get around, Wendy was not deterred from leading a full and active life. As well as teaching, Wendy learned to fly and to compete at national level in archery. In 1989 when training with the national archery squad with a view to competing at the Barcelona Paralympic Games, Wendy was hit accidently in the head by a discus, resulting in a brain injury.
Wendy explains; “Following 11 months rehabilitation I remember thinking, what now? My ability to concentrate was diminished, my short-term memory affected and epilepsy triggered as a result of the injury.”
But thanks to Dogs for the Disabled Wendy has gone on to live a full and independent life. Before qualifying with Udo two years ago she was partnered with Caesar, her first Dogs for the Disabled assistance dog, a partnership that was sadly to be short lived as Caesar died tragically of cancer. “Both Caesar and now Udo have made a massive difference to my life and thanks to Dogs for the Disabled assistance dogs I have been able to live a full and independent life, something I never imagined I’d regain when I sustained my injury.”
Wendy was fortunate enough to carry the torch in the build up to the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and is very excited to do it again for London 2012. “I’m honoured to carry the torch for a second time and represent Dogs for the Disabled assistance dog owners. Just as Caesar passed on the responsibility of helping me regain my confidence and independence to Udo, I will pass on the Olympic torch, helping to complete its journey to London. It gives me tremendous pride to be involved in what should be a great event.”
In addition to being involved in the torch relays, Wendy has advised LOCOG (theLondon Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) since 2007 on disability related issues, in particular access. Both Wendy and Udo travel across the world to speak at conferences and help improve the lives of people with disabilities and impairments.
Dogs for the Disabled is a pioneering charity that trains assistance dogs for adults and children with physical disabilities and families with a child with autism. Since its inception in 1988 the charity has created over 575 life-changing partnerships and it relies entirely on public donations to continue its work.
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