The city is set for an exciting day of entertainment when the Olympic Flame arrives on Wednesday 4 July. The route will see the Olympic Torch enter Norwich from Cromer Road near to the junction with Waldemar Avenue where it will then head towards the city centre.
Norfolk's multiple fencing medal winner 84-year-old Connie Adam and 18-year-old Catton Grove community volunteer Daniel Browne have been picked to carry the Torch on part of its journey through the city.
– Council leader, Councillor Brenda Arthur
"It is wonderful for Connie to be recognised for her dedication to sport and Daniel for his commitment to the local Catton Grove community." The Olympic Torch Relay is a wonderful opportunity for residents and businesses across Norwich to come together and celebrate in this once in a lifetime special occasion."
– Connie Adam
"I'm absolutely over the moon to be nominated as a Torchbearer. At my age you don't expect anything like that."I keep busy and do a lot of walking and play badminton as well as the fencing so I'll be ready for the challenge. "It will certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Connie started fencing when she retired at 60. There was a free 'come and try' session at the Duke Street Centre run by the council where she tried, liked and got hooked on fencing. She has travelled all over the world with fencing, competing in the USA, Canada, Moscow, Australia and Europe. She has been European Champion for six years in Epee; Commonwealth Champion for three years and at the World Championships she came ninth. Connie has represented Great Britain many times and recently returned from Belfast where she represented England. At 84 she is still competing and winning.
– Daniel Browne
"This is certainly not something that happens every day. It feels like an honour to have even been nominated let alone chosen."I'll be proud to represent Catton Grove and Norwich. "I enjoy sport, particularly football, and I'm looking forward to the Olympic Games."
Daniel was born with a bi-lateral cleft which not only affected his speech but also his hearing. In his 18 years, he has undergone 20 operations to restore his ability to speak and to improve his hearing. Throughout this he has maintained his positive outlook and become actively involved in a number of schemes to improve his neighbourhood. He is involved with the Catton Grove Residents' Association and was a team leader on a 2010 clean-up project and cleared gardens and painted fences in Catton Grove with 200 young volunteers in 2011.
In 2010 he also took on the role of youth member of the Mile Cross and Catton Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) focusing on youth issues and was elected as secretary for Norwich City Home Watch Association in 2011. He presented a successful participatory budget bid for a local youth club to other SNAP groups in Blackfriars Hall and attends council walkabout meetings on behalf of Norwich Residents' Forum.
Not only has Daniel has overcome his disability where others would have given up, he has surpassed himself by volunteering in the community and taking on roles requiring him to speak with members of the public, people in his community and local youth.