Olympic torch ambassador role for Rachel

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A WOMAN from Daventry has been selected as part of a drive to find inspirational young people to carry the Olympic torch.

Rachel Nafzgar, 21, who has severe sight loss, is one of the ambassadors picked by Coca-Cola to help launch a search for youngsters to take part in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

The Future Flames campaign wants nominations for young people who have done great things in their communities and would be a shining example to others if they got the chance to carry the Olympic flame next year.

Rachel, who lives on the Timken estate, said: “I got nominated through my National Union of Students (NUS) work, but I couldn’t believe it when I found out I’d been picked.

“We had a launch event at Westfields shopping centre in London with people like Dizzie Rascal performing on stage and inbetween the acts we 10 ambassadors had to go out and talk about ourselves.”

Rachel was born prematurely with severe sight loss and has gone on to study English and creative writing at the University of Plymouth.

Alongside her studies Rachel has given up much of her time to support good causes.

In her voluntary work at the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, Rachel recruits and organises teams of students to carry out conservation projects on rural branch line stations.

She also volunteers with several other organisations.

“As an ambassador I get nominated to carry the torch, but we want other young people to get nominated too on www.cokezone.co.uk.”