Bearing the Olympic Torch

Bearing the Olympic Torch: Clare, pictured with her horse, Guiness, has been selected to carry the torch in June. Picture: Susann Brown
Bearing the Olympic Torch: Clare, pictured with her horse, Guiness, has been selected to carry the torch in June. Picture: Susann Brown

A YOUNG Meldrum graduate has been selected to carry the Olympic Torch in June.

Clare Wilkinson, who studied at The Scottish Agricultural College in Aberdeen, graduated from Glasgow University in July, 2011 with a degree in Rural Business Management from The Scottish Agricultural College (SAC).

She is also a keen horse woman who competes regularly in a variety of disciplines with her horse Guiness.

The selection came via her mother’s employers, BP who had been asked by the Olypmpic Team to select 40 worthy torch bearers.

Clare explained: “It was BP who were doing something with young relatives and everyone had to write something about why they thought they were worthy and how carrying the torch would influence their lives.

“I wrote about my mum when she had breast cancer. When she was going through her treatment I helped with the household chores. Two of my friends were also diagnosed with cancer. I helped one of them with dog walking and her hospital runs, and I helped my my other friend, who subsequently died, by trying to keep her positive.

“I would have to say that it has made me grow up a lot quicker. It’s made me more aware that life is too short and that I need to get on with my career.

“I feel very honoured to have been chosen. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing - you don’t ever get another chance.”