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Sophie who lives in Rayleigh, recently won Gold in the 1500m final at the 2012 School Games, which is a multi-sport event for the UK's elite young athletes of school age.
Meet Sophie Riches
Congratulations on being selected as a Torchbearer, how does it feel?
Thank you, I am very excited to be a Torchbearer and I feel very privileged to be selected.
Can you tell us about the selection process, how did you get involved?
I was nominated through my school, The FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh. They nominated me because I performed well in previous athletic meets when I represented them.
What do you think the highlight will be carrying the Torch through Rayleigh?
I think the highlight carrying the Torch through Rayleigh is that I will be running through my home town and so all of my friends and family can watch.
What are you most looking forward to at the 2012 Games - apart from the Torch Relay of course!
I am really looking forward to the London Olympic Games because I have an interest in sport and the Games are a famous event which is being held in our home country.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself, and what you like about Rayleigh?
I am sixteen years old and I am an upcoming athlete. Last July, I represented Great Britain at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Turkey. I like Rayleigh because I have grown up here and so it is my home.
21 May 2012
Gold medal winning Sophie set for the Olympic Torch Relay in Rayleigh
With just six weeks to go until the Olympic torch arrives in Essex - we introduce you to School Games Gold medal winner, Sophie Riches, who will be one of the Torchbearers taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay in Rayleigh on Friday 6th July.
The Torch will make its journey through Rayleigh from 10.20am to 10.45am. These times are approximate and subject to change. Full details of the event are available at www.rochford.gov.uk/2012