Students to carry the Olympic Flame
Six inspiring students from the University of the Arts London are celebrating, and training, as they have been selected to represent UAL as 2012 Torchbearers – part of Samsung’s programme for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
Hanna Johansson (fashion sportswear), Ellie Moss (costume design), David Shaw (photography), Sophie Hirsch (jewellery), Tottie Petit (technical arts and special effects) and Charlotte Fone (theatre design) will each carry the Olympic Flame through London, as it travels on its 70 day journey before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
LCF BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear student Hanna Johansson will be carrying the Torch on 26th July in Camden. She’s been selected on the strength of her work exploring how fashion is increasingly part of the world of sport, while sport impacts upon fashion. Hanna is determined to continue to develop the “friendship” between fashion and sport by creating sustainable and functional clothing. She says she will “carry the torch for fashion education” and that her plan is “to hold on to it tight and run with it held high”.
Hanna is joined by LCC BA (hons) Photojournalism student David Shaw. A committed and talented photographer, David has won the Bar-Tur Award and has exhibited in the Foto8 Summershow (http://www.foto8.com/new/on-display/summer-show-mainmenu-191). He was chosen as he exemplifies London College of Communication’s role in contributing to the nurturing of the next generation of world class photojournalists.
Wimbledon BA (hons) Theatre and Screen – Technical Arts and Special Effects student Tottie Petite, was described as “talented, hard-working and dedicated to her academic life – she will hold the Olympic Torch high, and thoroughly deserves to represent Wimbledon College of Art and Design, and the University”.
The university representatives make up part of the 8,000 Torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame across the UK. Starting in Land’s End on 19th May 2012, the Olympic Flame’s journey will reach more than 1000 cities, towns and villages across the UK, with 95% of the UK population being within one hour’s distance of this historic event. The Olympic Flame will be stopping at Granary Sq, outside CSM’s new Kings Cross building at 8am on 26th July, and local street celebrations taking place along the route. The Olympic Flame will finish its epic route and arrive at the Olympic Stadium in London on 27th July 2012 to mark the start of the Olympic Games.
Samsung, a presenting partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay teamed up with 31 university partners across the UK to create this unique Torchbearer programme – aiming to find individuals who always go the extra mile, and reflecting the core value of the Olympic movement and the rich heritage of each institution.
More on the UAL Torchbearers will follow in the next article – so watch this space!
Find out more about the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and where you can watch and support our Torchbearers at http://www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012