Rapper on lookout for young stars to carry torch
WANTED: bright young things to shine a light -- but not just any light.
Rapper Dizzee Rascal yesterday launched the search to find deserving youngsters to help carry the Olympic Torch to the London 2012 Games.
The Mercury Music Prize winner, singer Eliza Doolittle and a team of London 2012 hopefuls were spearheading Coca-Cola's Future Flames campaign. It seeks to reward youngsters who use their passion in anything from sport, physical exercise, music and dance and community volunteering to help their neighbourhoods, with a spot on the 8,000-mile torch relay.
"See the person, not the age," Dizzee Rascal said as he launched the nomination campaign at a concert in west London.
"I see young people judged all the time and there's negativity about them. But people should look at reality -- many young people are making a positive difference, but no one hears about it. We can change that by nominating the Future Flames we know."
Doolittle said: "The youth of the UK get such bad press, which I really don't think they deserve."
The Olympic Flame will arrive from Greece and begin a 70-day relay, starting at Land's End, Cornwall until the opening ceremony in London on July 27, 2012. ,
London 2012 want half of the 8,000 torchbearers to be aged 12-24 years.
The Future Flames campaign will now hit the road on a summer tour to get regional nominations for torchbearers.
Commonwealth judo champion Tom Davis, 28, hoped the nominations would "encourage young people to be the best that they can be and celebrate their achievements."