Worthing great grand-dad could bear London 2012 Olympic Torch

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A GREAT grand-dad is in with a once-in-a-lifetime chance of becoming a London 2012 Olympic torchbearer.

Peter Eldridge, who teaches fitness classes, has been nominated as a potential torchbearer for the “fantastic work he does”.

Dianne Guard, who attends some of Peter’s classes, nominated the keen sportsman.

She said: “Peter is a truly inspirational person.

“Being selected as a torchbearer would be the icing on the cake of all his achievements over his lifetime.”

Peter, 76, has dedicated his life to teaching and coaching people of all ages in sport.

He decided to work past retirement age, and currently teaches spinning classes and coaches swimmers at the Aquarena, in Brighton Road, three times a week.

He said he was “honoured” to be nominated as an Olympic torchbearer.

“To have someone think I am worthy of carrying the torch is very touching,” he said.

“It would be a magnificent thing to do.”

Nominations for torchbearers can be made until June 29.

A short list will made through a ballot process before successful nominees are put before one of 12 judging panels around the UK.

A total of 8,000 torchbearers will be selected to carry the Olympic flame during a 70-day relay of the country.