London 2012: Double Olympian Gillings excited by Torch

Zoe Gillings

Manx snowboarder and double Olympian Zoe Gillings says she is "tremendously honoured" to carry the Olympic Torch.

The British number one competed at her first Winter Olympics in 2006 in the boarder-cross event and also at the Vancouver Games finishing eighth.

"I love everything about the Olympics and I am hugely honoured to carry the torch," said the 26-year-old.

Gillings will carry the torch in Castletown when it visits the Isle of Man on Saturday.

Emily Dale-Beeton
Emily Dale-Beeton will be the island's youngest Olympic torchbearer

She said: "The Olympics is the pinnacle in sport. I would love to have been able to compete in London but obviously snowboarding isn't included.

"I am working towards the Winter Olympics in Sochi and my ambition is still to win an Olympic medal. The way it brings people together from all over the world to celebrate sport is amazing.

"I am very excited to be involved with the Torch Relay and thrilled to be nominated by the Manx people. I hope lots of people come out to watch.

The Olympic Torch will also be carried by Manx sportstars, including four-time world enduro star David Knight, TT winner Milky Quayle, gymnast Emily Dale-Beeton and sailor Hannah Howitt.

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