Olympic torch run
19 July 2012
On Saturday 21 July Professor Alison McGregor (Surgery and Cancer), third year mathematics student Franca Hoffman and fifth year medical student Kaushali Trivedi will carry the Olympic torch on behalf of Imperial College London along routes in east London. They are pictured left, posing enthusiastically in front of the Olympic clock in Trafalgar Square on 19 July.
Professor McGregor was nominated by the College for her work supporting students at Imperial’s Boat Club – treating injuries and helping students organise and run conferences. Kaushali was nominated for her work running a charity called KEEN London, which is a playgroup for children with special needs, and Franca was nominated for organising a small team from Imperial to run a mathematics camp for high school students in Accra, Ghana, as well as contributing to a range of College societies.
All three runners admitted they are a little daunted by the possibility of dropping the torch but are really excited about the day. Franca revealed what the relay means to her: “What is so wonderful about the Olympic Games is their power to bring together people from different cultures, religions, and nationalities. It is an honour to carry the flame and I still can’t believe it!” she said.
Professor McGregor is going to be supported by her parents, friends, colleagues and students on the day. “I feel very honoured to do this for Imperial and will run for all my colleagues, students and team who make my job a pleasure to do !” she said.
Kaushali said she is looking forward to seeing the boss of her lab and her project supervisor (who nominated her) along the route. “It will be awesome to be able thank them for the support they’ve given me over the past five years. Meeting other torch bearers and hearing their stories will also be really fun and interesting.”
To see the Imperial torch bearers in action, take a trip to Greenwich to see Alison and Franca, and to Waltham Forest to see Kaushali.
— Emily Ross-Joannou, Communications and Development