Special olympian could carry olympic torch

Lynn Williams shows local MP Andrew Jones some of her many awards (s)
Lynn Williams shows local MP Andrew Jones some of her many awards (s)

A GOLD-MEDAL winning power lifter from Bilton has been nominated by the region’s MP to carry the Olympic torch when it comes through Yorkshire on its way to open the games in 2012.

Special Olympian Lynn Williams, 54, was the oldest member of the Great Britain team that returned from this summers Athens and the only female powerlifter, coming home with a clutch of medals, gold, silver and bronze, after dominating her event.

Talking to the Advertiser, Lynn said: “I was thrilled to bits that they nominated me, I hope it comes off. I am really excited about it.

“I’m still talking about the games and the phone hasn’t stopped ringing since I came back home. I don’t know whether I’m coming or going.

“I’m still carrying my medals around and showing them to everyone.”

Nominating Lynn for the honour, Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, said: “Lynn Williams is an inspiration to us all and particularly to young people with learning difficulties.

Lynn would be the perfect choice to carry the Olympic torch demonstrating that the estimated 1.2 million people in Great Britain with a learning disability are a much-valued part of the Olympic family and that sport - even at Olympic level - is for all.”

Lynn was selected for Team Great Britain after impressing coaches with her performance at the 2009 Great Britain National Summer Games where she picked up an outstanding four gold medals.

A member of the Yorkshire Special Needs Powerlifting Association, Lynn trains three times a week, spending Sundays at Armley jail under her coach and Aunt Jayne Hague.

Lynn’s nomination will now go before a special panel with successful applicants set to be notified in December.