Team England Para-Badminton star David Follett admitted it was “a once in a lifetime opportunity” after carrying the Olympic flame during the torch relay in Devon yesterday.
Follett, who won Gold last weekend at the English Championships leg to go unbeaten in 3 years of 4 Nations Para-Badminton Series, was honoured to carry the torch through the streets of Great Torrington yesterday [Monday].
He said “I’ve got badminton semi-final tickets so this is a great way to start my journey to the games!
To carry the torch was such an amazing experience. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
However Follett, from nearby Exeter, was unexpectedly propelled into the national news headlines after the flame went out whilst adorned to the side of his wheelchair just metres into his stretch of the relay.
The 23 year old world no. 1 Para-Badminton star told the world’s press “I got it, went a few metres then it went out. I thought, ‘It would be me. It’s always the way."
David, who won the Exeter Disabled Sports Personality of the Year for 2012,
was selected to carry the torch thanks to his dedication in helping to establish Devon Racqueteers Badminton Club – now widely recognised as one of the largest wheelchair badminton clubs in England’s thriving Para-Badminton scene.