Chiswick Youth Joins Sporting Heroes In Olympic Torch Relay
Michael Campbell carried flame along Shaftesbury Ave amid loud cheers and some jeers
Michael Campbell, 15, joined his sporting heroes Tim Henman, Denise Lewis, Kevin Pietersen and Theo Walcott to carry the Olympic flame in the London Olympic Torch Relay on Sunday.
Michael was successful in winning a place to carry the torch as one of 18 youth ambassadors, selected from Schools, Youth and Sports Clubs across London.
A self-confessed sports fanatic, Michael plays Football, Athletics, Swimming and Tennis at a senior level. "I am passionate about sport and owe a great deal to my teachers at Cardinal Vaughan for their coaching skills, motivation and inspiration."
''Given the protests,'' Michael continued ''the torchbearers were all anxious about running the Relay but I had great support and encouragement from people like Sir Trevor McDonald, Denise Lewis and Peter Kenyon, the Chelsea Chief Executive''.
Summing up his experience, Michael said ''It would not have missed it for the world. I am very concerned about human rights in China but meeting people like Bai Jian, who has found the money on a meagre wage to raise 24 under-privileged children, convinces me that Olympic ideals of brotherhood, and the Games itself, will have a long lasting impact on China. Bai Jian's life puts everything into perspective. For many people in China, human rights are no more than daily struggle for the very basic needs (food, housing and schooling……).
The Chiswick youth, whose favourite subjects are PE and English, said he would like to pursue a career in sports journalism and would like to report on the London Olympics in 2012.
April 9, 2008