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Welsh charity worker chosen to carry Olympic Torch
14 February 2012
A Welsh charity worker has welcomed 2012 with open arms - as she
will be carrying the Olympic torch on its nationwide tour ahead of
the games in London.
Action for Children worker Nicci Shrimpton, 45, is set to become
one of 8,000 runners who will light the way to the world's greatest
The Community Support Services Coordinator, of Caersws in North
Powys was selected to be a torchbearer by the London Organising
Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) after being
nominated by her manager, Eve Chinnery.
Nicci was nominated to carry the torch for her work with disabled
children as well as many extra fundraising efforts for a variety of
charities and initiatives connected to her work at the
The keen runner has raised hundreds of pounds for charity by
completing the Cardiff Half Marathon and is set to compete in this
year's London Marathon.
And she is looking forward to her Olympic role, which will see her
carry the torch along a part of its route in the 70-day Olympic
Torchbearer Relay around the UK, before it arrives in London for
the start of the summer Games in July.
"I don't know where I will be carrying it yet, but I have been told
I will have it on May 27th somewhere between Swansea and
Aberystwyth. It could be anywhere on the route, but I hope it's
close to home!" says Nicci.
She added that when she received the confirmation email from LOCOG,
she couldn't believe it. "I was gobsmacked but absolutely delighted
to be chosen as I thought the chances of actually being picked were
so minimal. I couldn't be more pleased".
"Nicci thoroughly deserves to take part in this historic sporting
event. She is a hard working and dedicated member of the team at
Powys Community Support Service and also dedicates her spare time
to the disabled children outside of working hours, as well as
studying for an Open University degree and bringing up to two
teenage sons," says Eve Chinnery, Action for Children Service
Visit Nicci's fundraising page at: http://www.justgiving.com/Nicci-Shrimpton
and her blog at