Inspirational Sandwell residents chosen for Olympic torch honour

2:51pm Monday 19th March 2012

AN Oldbury schoolboy and a cyclist who raised £26k for charity have been named amongst Sandwell’s torchbearers for the Olympics.

Lewis Leone, an 11-year-old student from Perryfields High School and Juanita Williams who raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support will represent the borough.

Lewis, one of the youngest torchbearers nationwide, was nominated for the honour by his school and will be running in Wolverhampton on Saturday June 30.

Perryfields associate headteacher Chris Lee said: "Lewis is a lovely young man who has overcome difficulties.

“He's always smiling, works hard, doesn't let things get him down and is a fantastic supportive friend to students."

Juanita, from Oldbury, will be running in Smethwick.

She has raised £26,872 for Macmillan Cancer Support through her cycling fundraising challenges since her dad Bob Mansell, who ran a cycling shop, died from the disease in 2005.

Juanita said: "It's wonderful to be chosen to run in the area where I grew up and where my dad was such a big community figure.

“He taught thousands of young Smethwick people to cycle and I will be running for him and the local community."

The torch is expected to be in Sandwell between 5.50pm and 6.55pm on Saturday June 30 when it will travel through Oldbury, West Bromwich and Smethwick.

There will be a celebration in Oldbury Civic Square to coincide with activties to mark Armed Forced Day.

Sandwell Council leader Councillor Darren Cooper said: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people in Sandwell to join together to share in the excitement of the Olympic torch relay.

"We encourage people to cheer on the inspirational torchbearers who will be carrying the Flame for Sandwell."

For the exact route and timings, view the streets on the London 2012 website.

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