Jan 6 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A TEENAGE cadet is preparing for the run of his life – after landing a spot on the Olympic torch relay.Proud Craig McDuff is among those who will carry the flame when it reaches South Ayrshire in June.
Now he wants to use his moment in the spotlight to promote sport among fellow youngsters.
Craig, who is part of the cadets at 137 Ayr and Prestwick Squadron, was chosen from thousands to take part.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it when the confirmation came through – I was told to check my emails and when I read it I wanted to burst into tears.
“This is going to be a huge honour for me and something I will remember for the rest of my life.
“I work hard within the cadets to promote sport among young people and was actually just nominated for an award at the council because of my desire for sports.
“So this really is perfect for me and hopefully I can use it to try and inspire people of my age.”
Craig is a newly promoted sergeant within the cadests and has been impressing his superiors with a positive outlook on life.
His determination to get others involved in sporting activites led to a nomination for the torch relay.
And judges clearly agreed that he was deserving of the role.
Now he’s preparing for six months of build-up to the event the world will be watching.
The Prestwick Academy pupil admitted: “Getting ready for this will be the best six months of my life.
“I’m really proud of myself for managing to achieve this much and just being nominated was amazing for me.
“I can’t put into words what this means to me and I’m already very excited about getting the chance to run with the torch.
“I have no idea what part of the route I’ll be on yet, but that doesn’t matter to me.
“Just being a part of this will be an experience I’ll never forget.”
The Olympic torch will make eight stops during its tour of Southy Ayrshire.
Ayr, Ballantrae, Girvan, Turnberry, Maidens, Kirkoswald, Maybole and Alloway will all be out in force to welcome it.
Council chiefs have also arranged to throw a mini Olympic party on the Low Green before it continues its journey north.