Gemma McAllister ran with the Olympic Torch through Antrim today after being selected by the Youth Sport Trust for her outstanding contribution as a Young Ambassador.
17 year old Gemma from Northern Ireland is part of the Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassador programme and was last year selected to join the UK Young Ambassador Steering Group. Gemma has been inspirational leader, mentoring other young leaders in her school and organising events for primary school children around the Olympic and Paralympic values.
Earlier this year Gemma was given the opportunity to visit Egypt to speak to 100 young people about the power PE and sport:
It was fantastic and unbelievable to have the opportunity to share with the Egyptian young leaders the tremendous power of PE and Sport and witness their inspiration, motivation and determination to make a difference.
Gemma welcomed the Torch to Northern Ireland last Saturday. After taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay today, Gemma said:
"It was unbelievable, I ran up the 100m straight of Antrim Forum Track with 4000 or 5000 people cheering me including 400 people from my school."
As the Olympic Torch leaves Northern Ireland, we look forward to seeing more Young Ambassadors, like Gemma, carrying the flame in Scotland.