Aimee carries the torch across water

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A GIRL from Guilsborough was selected out of 600 youngsters to help transport the Olympic torch across water.

Aimee O’Brien, 13 (pictured) escorted the torch from Osprey Quay across Weymouth Bay to Weymouth via yacht.

Aimee sails regularly at Hollowell Sailing Club and was one of 40 young sailors from Northamptonshire taking part in the National Schools Sailing Association 50th Golden Jubilee Regatta.

During that time a prize draw was held to see who would carry the torch and her name was pulled out of the hat. Aimee was cheered on by an ecstatic crowd including friends and family waving from the shore.

Hollowell Sailing Club was awarded the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Club of the Year 2012 award in March, and subsequently chosen to escort the flame on its journey.

Commodore Russell Brayshaw said: “Picking out a single person for their contribution to the club is a real challenge. I know other clubs who have so many of the things we do but what makes Hollowell unique is the people who knit all these things together.”