Glenorchy teen to represent nation in Olympic Torch Relay

GEOFF Papi-Watson, of Glenorchy, will be jetting off to Saõ Paulo, Brazil in July to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay.

Selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific, Geoff will join 2,400 other torchbearers from around the world to participate in the famous sporting event, which is a prelude to the 2016 Olympic Games.

The seventeen-year-old will run a 200-metre leg of the Olympic Torch Relay, to be held on 23 July.

Geoff was nominated for the honour following his involvement in national program, the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle, as well as other local community initiatives through the Glenorchy Youth Task Force, including RUOK? Day, Mental Health Week, Bike Kitchen and Gig in the Garden.

Geoff said participating in the Olympic Torch Relay and representing Australia was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“To be chosen as a torchbearer by Coca-Cola South Pacific was really exciting and I’m thrilled to be given the chance to go to Brazil and carry the torch,” he said.

“My sister introduced me to the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle two-years-ago and I enjoyed being a volunteer so much that I had to do it again the following year.

“It’s great to be recognised for something I love to do and think is really important, which is giving back to the community.

“I never really anticipated anything like this and I’m really looking forward to this experience to represent Tasmania and Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.”

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said it was pleasing to see a local teenager who was so active in the community be recognised in this way.

“Geoff is a fantastic ambassador for Glenorchy young people as he models a commitment to his community through volunteering with many organisations and stepping up to be a voice for younger people,” she said.

“The torch relay will be watched live and seen on television by millions of people worldwide, so seeing a 17-year-old member of the Glenorchy community running in Brazil will be a proud moment for our city.

“I congratulate Geoff and also our youth services team that played an important role in promoting his development and nominating him for this significant honour.”

Caption: Geoff Papi-Watson’s (left) involvement in the Happiness Cycle project has earned him a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics Torch Relay in Brazil. Photo credit: Joshua Lamont.

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