Diabetes UK Cymrus nominee Melanie Stephenson Torchbearer from Cardiff gets into gear for Olympic relay
Among the torchbearers carrying the Olympic flame across Wales next week will be Diabetes UK Cymru’s nominee, sprinter Melanie Stephenson from Cardiff, pictured in the official track suit she’ll be wearing on the day.
Melanie, 23 Gabalfa, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, an unpreventable condition which happens when the body stops making insulin, when she was 13.
Since then she’s become an athlete, representing Wales internationally in the 100m and 200m. She was nominated for her volunteering work for the charity, which has seen her give talks, volunteer at events and help to raise awareness of diabetes by sharing her experiences in the Welsh media.
The fashion graduate will bear the torch from Cowbridge Road East, round the Castle and into Coopers Field where the main stage will be on Friday May 25 at about 7.15pm
“I will be the last runner to receive the torch which may mean I’m going to be lighting the flame of the Olympic Cauldron on the main stage!” says Melanie.
Dai Williams, National Director of Diabetes UK Cymru, said: “We nominated Melanie as an Olympic torchbearer to thank her for everything she has done as a Diabetes UK Cymru volunteer. We’ll be there on the day to cheer her on!”
Another DUK Cymru volunteer is also bearing the Olympic torch. She’s 14-year-old Hannah Jarrett from Laleston, near Bridgend.
She was nominated by her youth club, writes a blog on the charity’s website and has done many sponsored events for Diabetes UK Cymru and other charities. Hannah, who has type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease, will carry the torch at about 4.10pm on Saturday May 26 from Margam Road to Landore Avenue in Bridgend.