College Award Winner named as Olympic Torch Bearer

Ross Ensor, an award-winning sports student from Dudley College, has been named as one of the 8,000 inspirational people who will carry the Olympic Flame during its 70-day journey around the UK. Ross, from Wall Heath, has been allocated a Torch Relay slot between Derby and Birmingham on Saturday 30 June.

The 17-year-old student was nominated by his college tutor, Rob Elkin, who realised that the achievements of Ross and national recognition for his volunteering, contribution to sport and work in the community with schools and football teams, would make him an ideal candidate.Sport tutor Rob Elkin with Torchbearer Ross Ensor

Ross received the good news that he had been selected earlier this week, and explained "When I opened the email from the London 2012 Olympic organisers I nearly fell off my chair! I'm over the moon to be selected, it's a real honour and it will definitely be a once in a lifetime experience. I'm very excited and looking forward to the special day."
Ross, who is studying Sport Performance and Excellence, has amassed over 200 hours volunteering at cross college and local schools events, and was recognised in June 2011 by the British Colleges of Sport for his commitment when he won Male Volunteer of the Year. Ross also coaches and manages a junior football team and is busy as a qualified football referee every weekend.

Rob Elkin, 2012 Community Sports Co-ordinator from the college said "Ross is a credit to the sports department and Dudley College. Being selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer is a huge achievement, and just reward for all his hard work at college and the volunteering he does in his own time. He's a great lad and I'm confident he will have a great future as a football coach when he finishes his course."

The Torch, which is lit in Greece, will arrive in the UK on 18 May 2012. It will start its journey from Land's End, travelling 8,000 miles before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.