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Carrying the torch.. the Pride of Britain; MIRROR'S GAMES HEROES.


THEY had the nation in tears as they won Pride of Britain awards and they will fire up the emotions again when they hold aloft the Olympic Torch.

The Daily Mirror has chosen 10 of the country's most inspiring people to help carry the flame on its journey around the UK.

Three of our Future Flames won one of the Mirror's prized Pride of Britain gongs last year.

McAyla Johnston, 14, was crowned a Teenager of Courage after battling back from critical injuries when she was hit by a car in 2008.

Doctors were convinced she would never walk or talk again but she has returned to school, taken up athletics and won a gold in javelin at the Disability Sports National Championships. And she runs a website campaigning for safer roads near her home in Worcester.

McAyla, who was in a coma for a month, said: "It's great to be able to take part in the torch relay. But my friends will all be in school so I'll have to try to get them out so that I can share the day with them."

Delighted mum Terri said: "Winning the Pride of Britain blew us away and carrying the Torch will be wonderful. Whenever we come down to Earth, something else comes along to sweep us off our feet."

Olympics organisers yesterday officially announced the names of more than 7,000 people who will take part in the flame relay before the Games and revealed the white and gold uniform the torchbearers will wear.

We teamed up with Coca-Cola, presenting partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, to find our flame carriers.

Danielle Bailey, 13, who also won a Teenager of Courage award at the Pride of Britain event, is another of the Future Flames.

Despite losing her hands and legs to meningitis at the age of four, she took up swimming in 2010, scooped a gold medal and now dreams of one day competing for Britain at the Paralympics.

Danielle, of Otley, West Yorks, met a host of stars at the awards and said: "I think Tulisa is my favourite celebrity.

She is so pretty. When I had my picture taken with her she kissed me and told me she's very proud of me."

Llew Davies, 29, won our Teacher of the Year award after helping to transform Ysgol Cae Top primary school in Bangor.

Rugby-mad Llew, of Anglesey, can hardly wait to carry the Torch.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to it. It will certainly be something to tell the grandchildren.

Pupils have been teasing me already, telling me I need to get in shape."

The 8,000-mile relay starts on May 19 at Land's End, in Cornwall, and finishes at the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London, on July 27.

Ordinary people with extraordinary dreams HERE are our other seven Future Flames: Rebecca Chin, 19 Greater Manchester Becca competed in the discus at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics - but now has her eyes on rowing in the Rio 2016 Olympics after taking up the sport in 2009.

Benjamin Lee, 26 West Midlands After completing an Army course in the US at 16, Ben has encouraged others to be active to better themselves.

Kate Willis, 24 Northumberland Katie volunteers as an Explorer Scout Leader and Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme instructor.

Rob Gorczynski, 31 London Rob rode from London to Cape Town on a motorbike to support Unicef and started fundraising schemes in the Congo.

Laura Brooks, 32 Essex Football-mad Laura coaches a women's team and cycled across India to raise cash for the Alex Roberts-Miller Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children.

Mark Johnson, 13 Liverpool Wrestler Mark dreams of becoming a professional in the sport - and his ultimate goal is to win the British and World Wrestling Championships. Olivia Warwood-Hart, 14 Lincolnshire Runner Olivia was seven when she vowed to compete in the Olympics. Her dad died last summer from cancer and this has made her more determined to reach her goal.


SEALED WITH A KISS J McAyla shows off her award to pop group JLS STRIKING JGOLD Torch and uniform CLASS ACT J Top teacher Llew with his award-winning pupils WINNING JSMILES Tulisa with Danielle
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 20, 2012
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