Apr 11 2012 by Judith Tonner, Airdrie & Coatbridge
A TEENAGER who represents Coatbridge & Chryston in the Scottish Youth Parliament will be among the torch bearers in this summers Olympic relay.
Scott Lamond was chosen for the honour after being anonymously nominated for the Future Flames programme.
The 16-year-old will carry the torch for a short period as it makes its way through New Scone in Perthshire on June 12, as the Olympic flame travels the length and breadth of Britain en route to the London Games.
Scott said: Im really excited about carrying the torch; its going to be a great occasion and a piece of history, so Im really looking forward to it.
Ill be running with the flame for about 300 metres and then passing it on to the next torchbearer and will then be attending a big celebration in Dundee that evening.
Afterwards, Ill have my torch to keep, which will be a fantastic souvenir, and I should be receiving my uniform quite soon.
I earned a place as a torchbearer through the Future Flames programme run by Coca-Cola. I was nominated for my work in the community and selected by a panel of 10 Olympians and celebrities.
My family are really excited and will hopefully be coming to watch me on the day. I was surprised when I first found out Id been nominated and it was a great feeling when I received word that Id been accepted.
Scott, a pupil at Chryston High, is one of five Monklands residents who will be carrying the Olympic torch during the run-up to the Olympics.
Coatbridge men Scott Jeffrey and Billy McPate have been selected for the relays in Ayrshire and Glasgow respectively when the Olympic flame first reaches Scotland.
Fellow town resident Gerry Malone will be a torch bearer in Alloa, while Airdrie woman Pamela OMara will carry the flame in Dumfries and Galloway as the relay then moves south on its nationwide journey.
Scott has represented the local constituency at the Scottish Youth Parliament for the past year and works alongside North Lanarkshire youth council, police and local schools to improve facilities for local youngsters.
He said: I work with disabled youngsters to make sure their needs are considered, and am involved with youth clubs and sport in my area.
Since becoming an MSYP, Ive been attending North Lanarkshire youth council, which is fantastic and has inspired me to go on to other things.
Id definitely encourage people to join as its open to anybody, provides such good opportunities, and you can meet so many new people.