London 2012: Carrying the Paralympic torch

Anthony Kipps writes about being one of three Young Leaders from London 2012’s International Inspiration programme selected to carry the Paralympic flame. Aged 14, he was chosen from nominations across the UK and 20 other countries because of his dedication and commitment to inspiring young people in his community through the power of sport.

Anthony was born with Right Primary Focal Femoral Dysplasia, which means his right leg has grown much shorter than his left, and has overcome a number of personal challenges to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While in London, he also got the chance to meet International Inspiration Ambassador and Paralympic gold medallist, Oscar Pistorius, who praised the group for reflecting the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

It was amazing to meet Oscar Pistorius. Like me, he has a disability to his legs, but he is an amazing athlete and it makes me think that I can be successful and that it’s good for me to keep trying new sports. He is someone who has gone out there and done it. At home in Trinidad, doing sports is very important and I like being part of that with International Inspiration.

~ Anthony Kipps

International Inspiration ambassador Oscar Pistorius meets young people from the International Inspiration programme outside the Olympic Stadium.

Oscar-resizedFrom left to right: Erica Kouassi, Anthony Kipps, Oscar Pistorius, Mary Tarimo.
(Image credit: London 2012)

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