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Three UCL students selected to carry the Olympic Torch

19 July 2012

Three UCL students have been selected to carry the Olympic Torch through South London this weekend.

UCL Torchbearers Dan Grant, Tom Triall and James Xu will be passing through Havering and Redbridge with the torch on Sunday 22 July. 

Dan Grant, is a European Handball Champion. He will be carrying the torch at 8.33am (leg 17) from Incknield Drive along Cranbrook Rd (A123), finishing at Shere Road.

James Xu was named as International Student Volunteer of the Year. He will be running at 18:14pm (leg 152) from Pole No.42 in Road A220 (also known as Gravel Hill) until the crossing between Latham Road and Gravel Hill.

Tom Traill founded the charity Food Cycle. He is running at 2.33pm (leg 104) in Havering.  

They will be part of the torch's 70 day journey, facilitated by eight thousand Torchbearers, ahead of the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

Tom Triall commented: "Studying at UCL and helping to set up the Food Cycle hub was a privilege and being given the chance to carry the Olympic torch is unbelievable."

Dan Grant explained: "I feel hugely honoured to carry the Olympic Torch and am delighted and proud to be representing UCL as I hold it high through the streets of London".

James Xu said: "Studying in London at UCL has enabled me to participate in various activities and to make a difference to the wider community by volunteering and enabled me to get involved in the Olympics in such a special way."

Having started in Land's End on 19 May 2012, the Olympic Flame's journey will reach more than a thousand cities, towns and villages across the UK. The Olympic Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July 2012 to mark the start of the Olympic Games.

To hear more from the UCL Torch Bearers, listen to the following podcast: 

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Image: The three chosen students with Alexandria Hingley from UCLU

Related Links:

Watch the Olympic Torch relay live at BBC online