Bearing the torch
Eade, who works as the chief concierge at the Intercontinental Wellington, will carry the torch on a stretch of the journey in Preston, England.
Born in Timaru, Eade is an avid sportsman and the winner of four New Zealand boxing championship titles. He had his sights set on a 1992 Olympics medal, but his life was turned upside down in 1991 when he lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. He then turned his attention to wheelchair-based sports including tennis and basketball and he’s now focused on reaching his goal of playing in the U.S. Amputee Golf Open.
“It’s a huge opportunity, Eade says. “There are many people I’ll be thinking of as I take my moment to shine. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Worldwide some 37,000 people applied to take part on the torch relay and organisers say selection was based on the positive difference to the community or the environment an individual made, or in recognition of an outstanding achievement in their life.
More than 8,000 people will carry the torch on its 70-day journey from Britain’s Lands End arriving in London in time for the opening of the games on July 27.