Matt King OBE to carry Olympic Flame
Inspirational former Rugby League player Matt King OBE will carry the Olympic Torch on its relay through Dunstable in Bedfordshire on July 9.
King was seriously injured two weeks after his 17th birthday playing for London Broncos Academy team in 2004. He has a complete paralysis below the neck level, is unable to breathe independently and is totally reliant on a ventilator.
He went back to school, achieving A levels at A grades and went on to the University of Hertfordshire where he gained a first class honours degree in law. Matt continues to act as an ambassador for Stoke Mandeville Hospital and for the Royal Variety Club of Great Britain and is now employed as a solicitor in London.
Since his injury Matt King has painted a number of Christmas cards using just a mouth stick to raise money for the RFL Benevolent Fund which supports players whose lives are affected by serious injuries sustained while playing Rugby League.
Matt King said: “To be selected from all the worthy applicants to carry the Olympic Torch is a massive honour, and something that I am very proud to be a part of.
“Since my accident in 2004, I have been extremely fortunate to receive the level of support and well wishes that I have, particularly from the Rugby League community and the RFL Benevolent Fund.
“To be in position today where I am working as a lawyer in London and leading a relatively normal life is not something I thought possible during my long stay in hospital, and to have been selected to carry the Olympic Torch is something I can look back on in the future with great pride.”
To see the full Olympic Torch Relay map visit: www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay-map