Henry Port, a Year 9 student at The Petersfield School, has been chosen by the London 2012 Team to be a Torchbearer and will be carrying the Olympic Torch in Bridgemary on 15 July 2012.
Henry was nominated and accepted based on his "True Olympic Spirit” for not only always pushing himself for the benefit of his sports teams, but also for giving his spare time freely to help encourage others to enjoy the benefits of sport by assisting with Aspire Coaching to train the under 6s in Football Skills.
Henry runs and plays football for TPS, and is also a "Top Squad” swimmer with Alton & District Swimming Club - winning many awards and accolades for his efforts. He plays football for Petersfield Town Juniors U14s, and trains with the Pompey Elite Training Squad.
Henry puts in many hours each week, training in the pool, either at Alton, Aldershot, Bordon, or Petersfield. He also trains three nights a week with various football squads. Henry often finds that after spending his Saturday mornings assisting with Aspire to train the U6s footballers, he is rushing off to spend his afternoon and evening competing in the pool for Alton & District Swimming Club.
Henry’s father, Wayne said, "Somewhere amongst his busy schedule Henry manages to continue to fit in his school work, and help to look after his three younger brothers, whilst continuing to be a thoroughly wonderful son. He never ceases to amaze me with the way that he controls the stresses of continually competing at such a level. He always takes the time to congratulate and thank his competitors and the officials for their efforts, and he continues to accept winning and losing with a mature and understated grace.”
Alastair Clewley, Head of PE at TPS, said, "Henry thoroughly deserves this once in a life time opportunity. Through his hard work and dedication to sport he has shown he is one of the leading ambassadors for sport in the local community.”