Julie, has been selected to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay on Friday 8 June 2012. She will carry the torch 300 metres through Glasgow city centre to celebrate the 2012 London Olympics.
Julie was nominated to be a torch bearer by Disability Rights UK, an organisation led by disabled people to help those with a disability or health conditions to participate equally as citizens.
Julie, who is one of Disability Rights UK’s 700 leadership and empowerment graduates, said: “It is an honour to carry the torch in my home city. When I was nominated, I didn’t give it much thought. I am extremely honored to have the privileged to carry the torch during the Olympics, this is a rare and prestigious opportunity. I can’t wait to soak up the atmosphere on the day.”
David Stocks, Leadership and Development Manager of Disability Rights UK, said: “I nominated Julie as an Olympic Torchbearer for her outstanding achievements since graduating from Disability Rights UK leadership programme
“Julie has campaigned for her local school and taken on numerous challenges, including crossing the Andes, championing what can be achieved with a disability. She has also delivered an inspirational speech at a Disability Rights UK leadership event, that was one of the best received speeches I have ever heard. Julie is a role model for other disabled people and a very deserving Olympic torchbearer.”