Wembley father will carry the London 2012 Olympic torch through Brent
PUBLISHED: 12:43 19 March 2012 | UPDATED: 15:34 19 March 2012
Keith Gussy-Young has been nominated through his volunteer work with Brent School Football Association
A father-of-two from Wembley who has spent 25 years running sports clubs for young people in Brent will represent the borough when he carries the London 2012 Olympic torch this summer.
Keith Gussy-Young, 51, is a qualified coach who was nominated to be an Olympic Torchbearer for his volunteer work with Brent School Football Association.
The dedicated coach, who is married to wife Mary and has two sons – Curtis and Marius, will be one of 8,000 people who will carry the flame on its 8,000 mile journey across UK.
Speaking to the Times, he said: “I have always been a community person wanting to give something back and I enjoy working with young people.
“It was a very proud moment for me when I was told I would be an Olympic torchbearer and recognised for the work I have done over the years. To be chosen out of 60,000 people is a great achievement for me, my family and close friends who know where I come from.”
Mr Gussy-Young, who grew up in the borough, has worked with Brent Youth Service for 17 years, ran St Andrew’s Youth Club in Willesden and Gladstone Centre Youth Club in Cricklewood as well as Brent School Football Association.
He also works with community radio station Roots FM and coaches girls and boys football at Wembley Primary School, in East Lane, Wembley.
When he is not involving himself in the Brent community, Mr Gussy-Young works for a company called Opticron which sells binoculars and telescopes.
He said: “I was unaware I was being put forward and would like to thank Sarah Hawken from Brent Sports Service for nominating me. It is an honour to be selected and I look forward to representing Brent.”
The flame will be in the borough for two hours and will arrive mid-morning on July 25 via Harrow Road, in Sudbury.
Brent Council will also host a party in King Edwards VII park in Wembley called Brent Celebrates the Flame where there will be music, dance, food and sport.
An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Residents are encouraged to line the streets to encourage the torchbearers running with the flame.
Each torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which been designed by adidas.
Councillor James Powney (Labour) said: “Brent is extremely proud to welcome the Olympic Flame to the borough on July 25. We hope that residents get involved in the buzz of the Olympics by lining the route on the day and cheering on our inspirational torchbearers such as Keith Gussy-Young.”
Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) added: “The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.
“Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Brent’s moment to shine.”
The flame will visit within 10 miles of more than 95 per cent of the population.
Schools across the UK can now access free learning resources kits linked to the Olympic Torch Relay through Get Set (london2012.com/getset), the official London 2012 education programme.
The activities are designed to help schools and colleges make the most of the relay by lining the route and cheering on their local Torchbearers.
The streets involved can be also be viewed at www.london2012.com/olympictor chrelay