Mar 23 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
ALMOST 26 years ago, local teacher Heather White played an integral role in the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.
Now the deputy headteacher of Newton Primary in Dunblane is set to repeat the trick.
At just 11 years old, Heather was a dancer during the opening ceremony at Edinburgh, and this summer she’ll be one of 8000 people to carry the London 2012 Torch.
The 37-year-old was nominated, via a search by the Bank of Scotland, for her commitment to sport in Dunblane and beyond.
Heather – who lives in Blackford – is to carry the iconic flame through Dunblane on June 13.
“It will absolutely be a day to remember for me and I am really looking forward to it,” she said, adding: “The kids are definitely looking forward to it too.
“When I was a kid it was absolutely lovely to be part of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games and it will be great to be involved in the Olympics this summer as well.
“I am sure lots of the kids will be out to watch and it will be great. I think they are excited to be able to say one of their teachers is going to be part of the Olympics.”
Before arriving at the Olympic Stadium in London for the opening ceremony on July 27 the Torch will travel throughout the UK.
“It’s great to be involved because we applied for lots of tickets for the Olympics and didn’t get any,” Heather said.
“We had planned a programme of things that we wanted to do over four days but it didn’t work out so it’s going to be great to be a part of it.”
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