Potters Bar teen’s moment to shine in Olympic Torch Relay

PUBLISHED: 16:53 31 July 2012

Torchbearer Lauren Englefield carries the Olympic Flame

Torchbearer Lauren Englefield carries the Olympic Flame


A GENEROUS 13-year-old from Potters Bar has played her part in the Olympics – by being a Torchbearer.

Sports fan Lauren Englefield carried the Flame in nearby Southgate on Wednesday, as the Olympic Torch Relay closed in on its final destination – the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Lauren, who lives at The Chequers pub on Coopers Lane with her mum Gill and dad Paul, was nominated to take part by a representative of Coca-Cola, who visits the pub.

Mount Grace School student Lauren spends plenty of time giving her time up helping others, particularly those who are less fortunate than herself.

Her brother, James, has Asperger’s syndrome and as well as helping him every day, Lauren has also raised plenty of money for charities. These were the reasons behind Watford Ladies footballer Lauren being nominated and successfully picked to partake in the Relay.

A proud Lauren told the Potters Bar Edition: “It is the best experience I have ever had and it went very well.

“I like sport and to be part of the Olympics was great.”

Mum Gill added: “It was fabulous, Lauren had a really good time and I was very proud of her.

“It really was quite unbelievable, it was very busy and to see her out there was a bit surreal.

“She gives up a lot of her time to help others and she deserved to be nominated.”

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