Rising athletic star Adelle Tracey has described the moment she lit the cauldron at Friday’s Olympic Games opening ceremony as ‘the most amazing experience of my life’.
Adelle, 19, who is a former pupil of both Camelsdale Primary School and Midhurst Rother College, was nominated for the honour by her mentor, sporting legend Dame Kelly Holmes.
She was one of seven ‘stars of the future’ chosen to light the cauldron in the stadium at the climax of the ceremony watched by a TV audience around the world of an estimated one billion viewers.
Speaking to the Observer she said: “It was amazing, such an incredible honour – I am really really happy.”
Adelle’s mum Suzanne Bant received a call from Locog last week, asking her to bring Adelle to the Olympic Park.
“They said they wanted to involve us in the opening ceremony. It was very exciting but we didn’t know what we would be doing.
“When we got there we met Danny Boyle who explained the concept of the ceremony and I was surprised when I recognised other athletes there too. When he told us what we were going to do it was such a shock.”