"It means so much to Mia and the family that she's been given this opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch in her dad's place.
"It was a great honour for David to be nominated as a torch bearer by so many people and to be selected.
"I know he would be very proud to see his Mia carry the torch on his behalf this Saturday."
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