AN INSPIRATIONAL volunteer from Belper has taken a step closer to the prestigious honour of carrying the Olympic torch.
Adrian Stone, 23, who volunteers at the Drop Inn youth centre on Derwent Street in the town, was nominated to carry the flame on part of its journey to the 2012 games in London.
He was nominated by Charlotte Barnes, of v, the National Young Volunteers’ Service through London 2012’s Moment to Shine initiative.
Earlier this year, Adrian won the ‘Connect’ v-inspired national award for 2011. The award recognises innovative and effective efforts in volunteering to bring communities together.
Now, he has been chosen from 28,000 applications and is through to the next stage of the selection process.
A delighted Adrian, who would carry the torch in Belper, said: “It’s incredible, I really did not expect to get through to the next stage.
“It would be an amazing opportunity to get the chance to run with the Olympic torch.
“If I win, I will be running on behalf of volunteers all around the country and I hope to inspire other young people to get involved in volunteering.”
Adrian’s nomination will now go before a selection panel comprising of athletes and local MPs.
If successful, Adrian will be offered a place as one of the 8,000 torchbearers needed in total for the Olympic torch relay.
He will find out during the week commencing Monday, December 5.
Terry Ryall, CEO of v, said: “We are so pleased that Adrian has gone through to the next stage of nominations.
“He is a dedicated volunteer and a much-loved member of his community.
“Congratulations Adrian, we only hope that the judging panel is inspired by your story as much as we are.”
Charlotte said: “Adrian is dedicated to working with young people in his community to bring about social inclusion.
“His role as an inclusion officer at the Drop Inn centre has seen him successfully build the self-esteem of many young people, breaking down barriers and tackling stereotypes.
“Adrian led a project that involved youngsters organising events for the older generation to improve community relations. He has also used his sign language skills to break-down barriers between the deaf and hearing communities.
“It is because of his dedication and work in his community that we feel that he would be a fantastic and worthy choice as torchbearer.”