20 March 2012
For many being part of this year's Olympic Games is just a distant dream, but this week it has become a reality for Megan Harris, as it was announced that she will be part of the 8,000 Olympic torch relay squad.
Club captain Megan Harris, and Centre of Excellence, Under 15 team member, Courtney Limb, have both been chosen as torch bearers, who are responsible for the transportation of the Olympic torch through the towns and cities of the UK ,in the build up to this summer's Games
Harris, who was nominated twice, once by a colleague at the Lincolnshire FA and the secondly by an old primary school teacher, who has always believed she could succeed within the Women's game, believes it is an honour to have even been considered to be a part of the 2012 legacy:
“It's almost surreal to think about. When I heard we were getting the Games, I just thought about getting tickets, I never thought I would be a part of it, so to be able to be involved is a privilege and I am so thankful”
She added: “It is an honour just to be recognised, the fact that I have been chosen hasn't just even sunk in yet. It's definitely something to tell the grandchildren”
Harris, who will be carrying the torch through Cleethorpes on 26th June, feels that whilst it is incredible to be a part of the Olympics, her nominations also show how far the Women's game has come in recent years:
“It's incredible to see how far the game has come, even in the time I've been involved in it. 20 years ago people would have laughed at the idea of a professional women's league, and now people recognise it, and want to promote it.
“It's great to see that people outside of the sport are getting involved, and it can only be good for the game.”
Joining Harris, in helping guide the torch through Lincolnshire, is Courtney Limb, who was nominated by her mother Sharon, for showing such a positive attitude to dealing with Type I diabetes, with which she was diagnosed with at the age of six.
Limb, who is a part of the Lincoln Ladies CoE will be running around Bracebridge Heath on June 27th and she revealed her surprise at being chosen:
“It's not really sunk in yet, it's so overwhelming to be chosen and to be a part of the Games, I'm still in shock that I was chosen”
Mrs Limb added: “Courtney is just mad on sport, she's never let her illness get in the way of fulfilling her passion and dreams, and I felt that it need recognising, to show other children suffering with diabetes out there that it is possible.
“I never thought in a million years that she would get it, and now she has I am just so proud, the whole family is totally ecstatic”