A THEATRE enthusiast is one of the first people in the country chosen to be a torchbearer in the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay.
Karl Green, 41, from Morecambe, was nominated for the honour by Guy Christiansen, creative learning director at The Dukes.
For the last ten years, Karl has been a member of The Dukes Shattering Images theatre company for people who have a learning disability.
And his friends from The Dukes will be cheering Karl on when he joins the torch relay somewhere along the route from Stoke Mandeville, the home of the Paralympics, to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London on August 29.
“I can’t believe that I’ve been chosen. I feel very fortunate and excited,” said Karl who attended the official launch of the Paralympic Torch Relay in Trafalgar Square last Tuesday, May 15.
Karl is among the first 332 people chosen to carry the Paralympic Flame after demonstrating the Paralympic values of courage, determination, equality and inspiration.
At the launch, Karl had the opportunity to hold the torch for the first time and try on the torchbearer uniform.
He also met the four other members of his team nominated for their work in disability arts. They will run together for a mile and each have a chance to hold the torch en route.
A total of 116 teams of five torchbearers will light the way to the Paralympic Games by carrying the flame on its 24-hour overnight journey from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Stadium.
Karl, who works at the International Aid shop on Albert Road, Morecambe, first became involved with The Dukes through his love of electronic music which he writes and performs.
He was then invited to join Shattering Images and has appeared in several productions, most notably as Salieri in Amadeus.
Last year he also helped produce a film for Lancashire County Council about people with learning difficulties and physical needs and the transition from school to college.