Meet the West Sussex Olympic torchbearers

PUBLISHED: 01:16 14 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:23 20 February 2013

Meet the West Sussex Olympic torchbearers

Meet the West Sussex Olympic torchbearers

This summer, the Olympic torch will be carried through more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities by 8,000 people. This month, we meet runners from West Sussex – in June we'll talk to their East Sussex counterparts.

This summer, the Olympic torch will be carried through more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities by 8,000 people. We meet the West Sussex torchbearers.

Rogate, 16 July
Annette Sawyer, 53, from Singleton, is a regional retail manager for Save the Children who has visited Ethiopia to spur her fundraising efforts back home. She has six dogs and is a member of Lowland Search and Rescue Dogs, a voluntary group that assists the police when looking for vulnerable, missing people. Annette was nominated as a torchbearer for her voluntary work by her sister, Susan Culpeck.

She says: When I heard my nomination had been chosen I was over the moon!

I love what I do and I feel very lucky but I dont see it as just me thats been chosen, its all the volunteers for Save the Children and Lowland Search and Rescue, so being a torchbearer is a way of saying thank you to them.

Lancing, 16 July
Stephen Brooks, 45, from Lewes is a librarian at the University of Brighton. He was nominated as a torchbearer by his wife, Liz, for embracing all of life, work and play (particularly with his three-year-old son, Danny) despite his challenging health problems, including eye cancer which resulted in the loss of an eye earlier this year.

Since being nominated, Stephen has been contacted by a number of charities and organisations working with eye cancer.

South Bersted, 16 July
Chris Lynch, 57, from Angmering, was a police officer for 30 years before joining Sussex Resilience Forum, which works with public and voluntary services across the county to make it a safer place. But Chris passion is his voluntary work with Angmering Youth Forum which gives young people in the area something to do.

The Youth Forums premises is a converted old London bus, fitted out with tables, chairs and bean bags as well as a Xbox and Wii, which attracts between 20 and 30 young people a night.

Chris, who describes himself as a sports nut, found out he had been chosen as a torchbearer through a phone call from his bank manager, as his nomination had been sponsored by Lloyds Bank. He said: Its the next best thing to taking part in the Games.

Brighton and Hove, 16 July
Karen West, 59, from Broadwater, Worthing, is a nursing sister at BMI Goring Hall Hospital where she supports patients who have cancer. Karen was nominated by one of the patients in her care, Anita Newman, 43, who is receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Karen (pictured, left, with Una Palmer, executive director of Goring Hall Hospital), said: I would like to think that I could run with the torch so I am in training, which includes a trek to Snowdon this month [May].

The best thing about being part of this fantastic event is being able to carry the torch for all my patients, friends and colleagues at the hospital, as well as for myself and I am looking forward to being with all the other torchbearers on the day and hearing all their stories.

Annette Sawyer, 53, Chichester
Dom Raeyen, 19, Liphook
Ross Harper, 32, Hove

Amy Wilton, 17, Fareham
Gisela Stomberg, 57, Leer
Ian Richards, 63, Worthing
Susan Hubbard, 63, Alton

Benjamin Board, 19, Shoreham-by-Sea
Brian Wright, 71, Chalfont St. Peter
Colin Godfrey, 65, Basingstoke
Gail Whattingham, 65, Farnham
Matthias Laar, 36, Koenigsdorf

Katie Lambert, 15, Bracknell
Mark Hughes, 32, Cranleigh
Sammie Roden, 34, Portsmouth

Emma Johnston-Jones, 35, Billingshurst
Gerald Gresham Cooke, 70, Petworth
Juliet Starbuck, 43, Steyning
Liene Ernstsone-Tava, 33, Offenbach
Martin Vogt, 42, Mnchen
Sara Tremlett, 63, Slinfold

Ben Stoggles, 23, Pulborough
Dirk Rombach, 40, Frankfurt
Paul Zetter, 88, Wisborough Green
Ryan Hodd Jarvis, 15, Petworth

Aaron Holford-Grant, 25, Emsworth
Alexa Zaddach, 36, Oberursel
Ant Stewart, 47, Chichester
Gideon Meade, 53, Brighton
Katie Mindo, 25, Totton
Martina Wolf, 47, Hofheim
Mary Pearce, 64, Pirbright
Ryan Smith, 26, Basingstoke
Stefanie Ransley, 36, Lancing
Steph Blondell, 18, Littlehampton
Tracy King, 38, Hove
Vicky Scott, 32, Fareham

North Bersted
Andreas Wienecke, 56, Rodheim
Freddie Barr, 79, Walton On Thames
Michael Scott, 49, Rustington
Sue Blunden, 61, Haywards Heath
Sue Bradford, 45, Horsham

South Bersted
Chris Lynch, 57, Littlehampton
Ryustem Kobalov, 32

Bognor Regis
Alistair Harvey, 45, Brighton
David Sheppard, 30, Worthing
Dirk Schfer, 46, Schwalbach
Gabby Broadhurst, 44, Bognor Regis
Kirsty Whiley, 20, Brighton
Klaus Schumann, 43, Cologne
Matt Cooper, 11, Southampton
Michael Bevis-Lacey, 16, Eastleigh
Quantae Ramdin, 15, Southampton
Ruby Baverstock, 20, Crawley
Sarah Tomsett, 50, Wokingham
Sophie Hind, 15, Littlehampton

Jens Boecking, 29, Frankfurt
Kevin Byrne, 48, Bognor Regis

Gerlinde Didea, 31, Mainz
Mike Scholes, 58, Lindfield
Sam Kirwan, 21, Burgess Hill

Ivy Robin, 14, Brighton
Jason Saw, 42, East Sussex
Max Harffey, 18, Eastbourne
Murat Yatkin, 35, Ludwigsburg

Anton Kalafus, 53, Sompting
Chris Cannon, 49, Worthing
Cyril Mor, 39, Rueil-malmaison
Dan Robinson, 18, St Leonards On Sea
Darren Crispin, 50, Southampton
Konstantinos Filis, 34, Athens
Lebon Patrick, 54, Orvault
Maria Magno, 68, Crawley
Nigel Wrapson, 44, Hove
Rupert Mitchell, 35, Bexhill-on-Sea
Sally Ricketts, 56, Amersham
Steviee Ackerman, 20, Lancing
Tom Kimber, 27, Brighton
Tony Smith, 58, Horsham

Stephen Brooks, 45, Lewes
Alex Fraser, 18, Haywards Heath
Charles White, 15, Hastings
Clare Forbes, 28, Crawley

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