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World Horse Welfare Trustee Jane Holderness-Roddam To Carry The Olympic Torch

Author: World Horse Welfare
Posted: Wednesday 23rd May, 2012

Jane Holderness-Roddam at our Buckingham Palace 85th anniversary reception

Jane Holderness-Roddam at our Buckingham Palace 85th anniversary reception. Photo credit: World Horse Welfare

World Horse Welfare Trustee Jane Holderness-Roddam will be one of the 8,000 inspirational people carrying the Olympic Flame this summer.

Tomorrow (Wednesday 23 May), Jane will be taking the flame through Shurdington, Gloucestershire, and explains her reaction to finding out the news: I was completely shocked but delighted when I was nominated by Sport England if I would like to be one of the Torchbearers. It is a real honour to be chosen as the people taking part have such inspirational stories to tell and have made an enormous difference to the communities in which they live.

Jane was the first woman to represent Britain in eventing at an Olympic Games and won an Olympic Three Day Event team gold in Mexico in 1968; she also won Badminton Horse Trials in 1968 and 1978; and Burghley Horse Trials in 1976. Jane has a keen interest in the welfare of horses, becoming a trustee for our charity in 2006 and she also owns a stud and stables in North Wiltshire. Jane has previously been recognised for her services to equestrian sport after being awarded a CBE in 2006 and presented with the Queen's Award for Equestrianism in 2009.

The Olympic flame arrived in the UK on Friday 18 May and is now being carried by the 8,000 selected torchbearers over the coming weeks before arriving at the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony.

The torchbearer scheme aims to recognise and reward people with a story of personal achievement or those who have contributed to their community.

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