Doncaster Karl’s burning ambitions

Doncaster-born Karl Green has been named as a Paralympic Torchbearer.
Doncaster-born Karl Green has been named as a Paralympic Torchbearer.

DONCASTER-BORN Karl Green has been chosen to take part in the Paralympic Torch Relay.

The 41-year-old is one of five people who were nominated through the Lloyds TSB public nomination campaign for their work with disability arts.

Karl has been a member of Shattering Images Theatre Company, based at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster, for the past six years and his determination to help hundreds of disabled young people resulted in his nomination from its creative learning director Guy Christiansen.

But Karl, who has learning difficulties, is relishing the chance to put down his tutoring hat and don his running shoes for the 24-hour relay as it makes its way towards the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony on August 29.

“I feel really honoured to be running with the torch, it will be a brilliant experience,” he said.

“I do a bit of badminton but I’m not brilliant at sport, I don’t normally get the chance to do much so this is an amazing opportunity.

“When Guy nominated me I didn’t really think much of it and then when I heard something later I was amazed. It was a phone call and I was just so shocked, I didn’t know what to do.

“Being with some of the other guys has helped it sink in a bit, but I can’t wait for it now I’m really excited.”

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