Feb 16 2012 by Rachel Flint, Chester Chronicle
A SPORTS-MAD student is hoping to honour her sporting heroes by carrying the Olympic flame through the city.
Former Helsby High School pupil Jade Carr has been nominated to carry the torch as it passes through Cheshire on its journey to the games later this year.
Aged 18, Jade, who has been a member of the British Transplant Team since she was just four, has a string of sporting achievements to her name, having represented Great Britain twice in the European Heart and Lungs Transplant Games.
During the games Jade, who went on to study an extended diploma in sport at Cronton Sixth Form, was named overall junior and female competitor for her achievements in athletics, badminton and table tennis, where she outstripped the competition winning 12 gold medals, two silver and one bronze.
Jade, who lives in Clifton Road, Runcorn, and won the Young Sports Person of the Year for Halton in 2009, said she was honoured to be nominated to carry the Olympic torch through Cheshire and excited about the opportunity.
Speaking as she joined Paralympian Mark Eccleston as Cronton Sixth Form College was officially unveiled as a ‘Get Set' Olympic College last week, Jade said: “I love college, the atmosphere is really good, the teachers are really friendly and helpful and I’ve made some really good friends.”
Ben Barton, head of the Centre of Sporting Excellence at the college, wished Jade luck with her nomination, saying: “I am proud that Jade is part of the Centre of Excellence at Cronton Sixth Form College.
“She represents the type of hard working, positive student we have in the Centre of Excellence. We are pleased she has been nominated as a torch bearer, especially as Cronton Sixth Form College has just received the Get Up Network Olympic award.”