Torch Honour For O's Youth Coach

access_time 9 years ago

ORIENT youth liaison officer Errol McKellar is set to run with the Olympic Torch when the Relay reaches Hackney on Saturday.

McKellar has been selected as a Torchbearer for his services to the local community through sport and will carry the Torch as it makes its way down Kingsland High Road.

It will be a double celebration for Errol, as he has recovered from being diagnosed with prostate cancer 18 months ago and he wants to use the occasion to raise awareness of the illness.

He has been working with the football club for 15 years and coaching the sport in Hackney for much longer, working with players like David Beckham, Sol Campbell and Ledley King – as well as the many who have come through the O’s youth system in recent years.

And now his contribution to the community has been recognised by this honour and he can’t wait to play his part in the Olympic celebrations.

He said: “I found out in early January that I had been nominated for this and initially I thought that somebody was winding me up!

“But it was true and it’s a wonderful honour for me and I’m really proud to be taking part in it.

“I’ll be representing everyone I know, everyone I don’t know and people who are no longer with us.

“On top of that, having been diagnosed with prostate cancer 18 months ago and now being cured, I want to spread the word on it and make sure more and more people get themselves checked out.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday and I’m grateful that football has allowed me to give something back to the community.”

The Olympic Torch Relay is coming to east London on Saturday July 21.

After passing through Hackney, where Errol will be performing his duties as a Torchbearer, it moves onto Waltham Forest, where it passes very close to Brisbane Road on Leyton High Road.

Click here for full route details and timings.