Sherburn High Year 9 student Jemma Aylesbury carried the Olympic torch through Boston Spa last Tuesday and was overwhelmed by the support she received. Jemma, who swims for City of Leeds Club, trains before school a couple of times a week and every night during the week, and always manages to keep up with her school work. Jemma showed off her torch at school the next day.
A school spokesman said: “Staff and students are delighted at her success and she is definitely enjoying her celebrity status, so much so that on Friday, July 22 we are lending her to Brigshaw High School to take part in their huge Olympic event.
“The event will see over 200 student and 40 adult visitors from 12 different countries arriving to participate in a day of Olympic activities so it will be a huge honour for Jemma to be part of it, proudly bearing her torch once again!”
Headteacher Martyn Sibley said: “The whole school is delighted for Jemma. She is a talented, mature and committed young person who fully deserved the honour of carrying the Olympic torch.
“It was a proud moment to see her get this once in a life time opportunity.”
Jemma added: “Everyone that helped me on the day was very friendly and made me feel special.
“It was very overwhelming and I would like to thank everyone who supported me, it was amazing”