Ella makes a date with Paralympic torch relay

12-253   Ella Beaumont of Tring School will carry the Olympic Torch.
12-253 Ella Beaumont of Tring School will carry the Olympic Torch.

A TALENTED wheelchair basketball player is one of the 8,000 people chosen to shine a light on her community by carrying the Paralympic flame.

Tring School pupil Ella Beaumont found out just before Christmas that she will be carrying the torch for a 400 metre stretch of the torch relay between Cambridge and Luton but had to keep her exciting news under wraps until now.

The torchbearers’ relay from May 18 to July 27 is part of the countdown to the start of the Paralympic games and 16-year-old Ella, who lives on Boswick Lane, in Dudswell, will be watched by millions of people around the world.

She said: “My family and friends nominated me and then I got a letter saying I was shortlisted because I showed true passion and was someone who lived life to the fullest and would truly relish the opportunity.

“It’s going to be a really good memory.”

Being chosen to carry the flame is a recognition and reward for Ella, who has supported and inspired disabled people and made a difference in her community.

The youngster, who has been in a wheelchair all her life, has had many successes playing basketball for the GB team and also competes in wheelchair tennis.

Her achievements include winning a bronze medal representing Great Britain at the Under-25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Canada last year.

She also claimed the girls’ singles title at the National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Gloucester in 2009.

Support from Lloyds TSB’s Local Heroes initiative has enabled her to set her sights high for the future, with her ultimate dream being to represent her country in basketball at the Paralympics in 2016.

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