AFTER years of charity work Rugbeian Sean O’Keefe has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch through Coventry.
Sean, a father of two from Bilton, has raised thousands of pounds for a range of cancer charities and other worthy causes through road racing events. He works for ISG in Birmingham as a managing surveyor and was nominated through the Lloyds TSB campaign and secured the honour due to his tireless fundraising efforts.
He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime
experience. The torch relay marks the final countdown to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games and it’s a real honour to be carrying the Olympic flame on part of its journey around the UK.”
His employers, ISG, recently finished work on London 2012’s velodrome.
David Lawther, ISG’s chief executive, said: “I’m delighted that Sean’s outstanding contribution to charitable causes has been recognised with his participation in such a unique and memorable event.
“Sean, alongside many of his ISG colleagues across the country, has played a vital role in the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Games and it’s great that, alongside thousands of UK citizens, he will also now play a part in the exciting build up to the games.”
In July Sean will also take part in the City of Birmingham Triathlon to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, putting his body to the test with a 1,500m open water swim, 40km cycle ride and 10km run.