Hospital technician prepares for Olympic Torch honour
A Bradford healthcare technician is preparing for her moment in the spotlight on Monday after being selected as an Olympic Torchbearer.
Michelle Lay-Flurrie, 34, will carry the torch through Dewsbury after being nominated for the honour by her father, John, who was impressed by his daughter’s efforts to lose weight after she became clinically obese.
The orthopaedic plaster room technician lost half her body weight – eight and a half stone – in two years in a drive to become fit and healthy.
Michelle, from Barkerend, said: “I was absolutely gob-smacked when my dad told me that he was nominating me to carry the Olympic flame and even more stunned when I heard that I had been successful.
“To be honest, I am still in shock and very, very nervous. My worst fear is that I will drop the torch or fall flat on my face. I probably won’t take it all in on the day or relax until after the run is over.”
John, who lives in Dorset is making the long journey north to Dewsbury to watch his daughter during her special moment. He will be accompanied by Michelle’s friends from the Fagley Slimming World group who have supported her throughout her recent weight loss.
John added: “Eighteen months ago Michelle was clinically obese and couldn't walk 200 metres without a couple of rests en-route. Since then, by her own efforts, she has transformed her life: losing nearly half her body weight, joined a gym which she attends regularly and works hard with a personal trainer to become much fitter and healthier.
“As well as being nominated for Slimmer of the Year, she has also been member of the month at her gym more than once, joined the staff running club at Bradford Royal Infirmary, and is training for her next target, a 10K run.
“She is a fitter, happier and healthier person who inspires everyone she meets. Michelle's success has needed the commitment of an Olympic athlete. Recognition of her achievements through her selection as an Olympic torch carrier will not only celebrate everything she has accomplished but will boost her self-esteem and give her the motivation to set and achieve new targets, as well as motivating others to emulate her.“