We were delighted to discover earlier this year that one of our Sixth Formers, Jacob Taylor had been chosen for the honour of being an Olympic Torch bearer when it travelled through Selby.
At the same time Jacob announced that he and his father, Darren had organised a fund-raising challenge between themselves in which they would climb the nine highest peaks in the UK (all in Scotland) in six days and follow this by running the Edinburgh marathon on the seventh day. Jacob would be raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Darren for SSAFA. Eventually the climb had to be postponed to July, due to Jacob’s exam commitments, but they both completed the marathon run on 27th May.
On 19 June, Jacob‘s ‘moment to shine’ arrived when he carried the Olympic Torch through the streets of Selby, watched by several of his fellow Sixth Formers and his proud sister Alicia.
As a result of his torch bearing duties, Jacob visited Drax, Camblesforth and Airmyn primary schools to show them the torch and talk to the children about his exciting experience, and started to realise a little of what it must be like to be a celebrity – not least suffering from face-ache at having to smile for so many photographs!