By Geoff Berkeley 05/04 Updated: 05/04 17:54
A WORLD junior champion sprinter is eagerly awaiting his moment in the spotlight after being selected as one of the torchbearers to carry the Olympic Flame through Worcester.
Andrew Evans-Fisher is among the 8,000 torchbearers who will be carrying the torch across the country ahead of the Olympic Games this summer.
The 14-year-old, who underwent major kidney transplant surgery in 2006 having suffered with severe health problems since birth, will be taking part in the first day of the torch relay through the city on Thursday, May 24.
And his mother, Carol, believes his recent success is just reward for the courage he has shown during a difficult childhood.
"We were all really excited by the news and so delighted and pleased for Andrew," she said.
"He has had so much to put up with and it is great for him to have something nice happen to him for a change."
Andrew has defied his health problems to become a force on the national and world stage in junior athletics.
The Upper Sapey resident picked up a gold medal in the 100 metres at the World Transplant Games in Gothenburg, Sweden, which added to his silver and bronze achieved in the long jump and the ball throw.
He is now hoping to be selected for the next major championship in Durban, South Africa, next year.
Carol added: "He is absolutely looking forward to the Olympic Games, especially now he feels he is part of it. He is looking forward to his moment of fame - trotting down the road and hopefully all his friends are going to be there to watch him.
"He talks about sprinting it but my husband Ian and I are trying to persuade him to slow it down and milk the moment."
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