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Baton Passed From Derby Torchbearer To Games Maker

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Date posted: 26 July 2012

As the Olympic Torch ends its journey at the London Olympics' opening ceremony this Friday, another handover has taken place between two University of Derby students - one a Derby Torchbearer the other a 'Games Maker', who will be volunteering during the Games.

Olympic Torchbearer Debbie Watkins, 45, from Chaddesden, who is currently studying on the BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree at the University of Derby, carried the torch as it made its way through Derby on June 29. She ran with it from the Council House to the Flower Pot pub at 7.11pm on the day.

Debbie bought her torch into the University this week, and met BA (Hons) Business Management student Amy Hall, who is heading to London to volunteer at the Games from Saturday (July 28), and gave her the chance to hold it.

Amy, 22 from Derby, will be working at Olympic venue, Earls Court, as a steward at the volleyball competition for the duration of the Games.

Debbie got to carry the torch in recognition of her dedication to helping all of those around her achieve their dreams, and for having the courage to do so herself.

At the age of 43, Debbie began a higher education degree - at the same University as her children Stephen, 21, who is currently studying a BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology degree at Derby, and Claire, 23, who graduated from a BSc (Hons) Geography degree last year.

Debbie said: "I was working in accountancy and was very unhappy. I always wanted to write but just didn't have the confidence to put pen to paper. I'd encouraged my children to follow their dreams and study at University, and watching them enjoy the experience made me realise I should do it myself."

Since starting her course Debbie has been involved in scriptwriting and directing a short film set and filmed in Derby recently. "If I already have the confidence to contribute to films after my first year, then I'm so excited about what I'll be involved in once I graduate," she added.

Amy Hall said: "Having the Olympics Games in this country was too good an opportunity to miss and I just wanted to be involved. I am so excited to be a volunteering at the Games and can't wait for them to begin."

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