Duo are Olympic hopefuls

pictured outside the Wath branch of the Labour party offices , on High Street Wath, are Local Labour MP John Healey, with front Dominic Hurley, &  right Paul Bennington who have reached the Olympic Torchbearer 's Shortlist
pictured outside the Wath branch of the Labour party offices , on High Street Wath, are Local Labour MP John Healey, with front Dominic Hurley, & right Paul Bennington who have reached the Olympic Torchbearer 's Shortlist

TRAIL blazers Dominic Hurley and Paul Bennington are in the running to carry the Olympic flame through Yorkshire.

The two community-minded local sportsmen have been shortlisted for the Olympic honour, after being nominated by MP John Healey.

Dominic, 38, who is based at a Parkgate gym, battled back to health following a moped accident that left him in a coma for three months with a severe brain injury.

Over the past three years he has raised £53,000 for charity through his love of cycling, and has won four major awards for his inspirational efforts.

Dominic was in training as a potential member of the paralympic cycling squad when a further accident ripped his shoulder apart. But still he runs bike-a-thons and plans an 80-hour stint later this year.

Paul, 39, of Brampton Bierlow, is a triathlete who has helped set up and maintain facilities at Manvers lake and was central to the recent launches of the Dearne Valley Triathlon and South Yorkshire half marathon.

He also works with young people to warn them of the dangers of open water swimming, following the death of Rawmarsh lad Phillip Law in Manvers Lake, and has produced a DVD to reach as wide an audience as possible.

Paul only began running in 2004 after he lost his dad to cancer. A year later, he completed the Ironman UK race to raise money for the hospice that cared for his dad.

A running club that Paul set up, Team Manvers, now has over 40 members of all abilities.

John said: “The selection panels are looking for inspirational stories of personal achievement and contribution to the local community.

“I think Dom and Paul are perfect examples of that and thoroughly deserve the honour of carrying the OIympic flame when it comes to Yorkshire”.

A total of 28,000 nominations have been progressed to regional selection panels, so each nominee has a one in 14 chance of being invited to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Announcements will be made in December.