Laura's Moment to Shine

Special Olympics swimmer Laura Mitchell enjoys a day she'll never forget as Torchbearer for London 2012 Olympics.

Laura's Story

Laura accepts the Flame!

Laura Mitchell, a 27 year old Special Olympics swimmer from Bromley in London became the star of her community when she took on the role as official torchbearer for the Olympic Flame during its final relay week as it made its way to Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Crowds and Cameras!

Laura sets off to the roar of cheering fans!

The turnout and support was spectacular as people lined the streets to cheer on Laura in glorious sunshine on July 23rd. As Laura stepped off the Torch Relay bus she was a true star as people waited to have their pictures taken with her and wished her well. As she took the Torch firmly in both hands she set off at a brisk pace through cheering crowds amid a sea of flags and cameras.

Experience of a Lifetime

Laura's supporters!

Dozens of friends and family were there to support her, including Martin Chittell from Avenues Trust (individually planned support in residential settings for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues). Avenues Trust nominated Laura to become Torchbearer.

“The crowds were amazing and I was so excited to carry the torch. I enjoyed every minute," said Laura.

“We're so grateful to everyone for the part they've played in enriching Laura's life,” said Ruth, Laura's mother.

Laura was also selected to work as a volunteer during the London Olympics. She is working at the Events Services in the Olympic Park. 

65 athletes and 5 volunteers from Special Olympics Great Britain and Ireland served as Olympic Flame Torchbearers over the course of the 70 days and 8,000 miles Torch Relay. 


Competitive Athlete

Laura has represented her club and country in swimming competitions at the Special Olympics European Games in Rome 2006 and World Summer Games in Athens in 2011.

An all time fan of Michael Jackson, Laura is also a keen dancer and loves to play football, bowling, spinning and golf.

Proud Day

Smile says it all!

It was an experience Laura will never forget and a proud day for her family and community.

Learn more about Laura and her Special Olympics activities: Visit her website on