Brother and sister to carry Olympic flame

Frank Rothwell competed in the 1972 Munich Olympic games.
Frank Rothwell competed in the 1972 Munich Olympic games.
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A BROTHER and sister will play their part in the build-up to London 2012 by carrying the Olympic torch.

They are Rebecca and Aaron Bell, from Soyland.

Rebecca and Aaron Bell, Soyland, will be carring the Olympic Tourch.

Rebecca and Aaron Bell, Soyland, will be carring the Olympic Tourch.

Rebecca, 22, who is training to be a primary school teacher, said: “You don’t think it’s going to be you because there’s so many other people in the running for it.

“It’s such a privilege – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I think I’ll jog my part of the journey. I just hope it’s not too far.”

The pair were nominated by their mother Sue for their work helping others. Rebecca worked as a teaching assistant at Southfields Specialist Sports College, Bradford. The school helps children with special needs.

She also set up theatre groups and workshops for underprivileged youngsters.

Aaron, 13, has become a black belt in karate in just four years.

He is so good he now helps out as an assistant instructor at classes.

Aaron will carry the torch on June 24 as it passes through Calderdale.

Rebecca will take over the mantle the following day as part of the Leeds-Sheffield section of the torch’s journey. The siblings’ mum Sue said: “I’m so proud of both of them it’s untrue.

“Being part of this is something truly historic.”

Paul Hagreen, of Holly Bank, Elland, will also play a part in the torch ceremony.

The 17-year-old, a goalkeeper for Brighouse Town and Yorkshire U18s, helps coach local youngsters.

He has Type 1 diabetes, meaning he has undergone thousands of injections and blood tests but this hasn’t stopped him excelling at sport.

The former Brooksbank pupil said: “It was quite a surprise – a big honour.”

Former Olympic weighlifter Frank Rothwell, from Hebden Bridge, has also received a conditional offer to carry the torch.

He was nominated by Halifax and District Irish Society and represented Ireland in the 1972 games.

Halifax Paralympian Hannah Cockroft is also one of the 8,000 hopefuls who could carry the flame on its 70-day journey around the country.

The places will be confirmed in March.