THE Kirkby mother of two Paralympic swimmers has been named as a Torchbearer during the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay.
Helen Hynd (49) is the mum of champion swimmers Sam and Ollie Hynd who have both been selected for the ParalympicsGB team at London 2012.
She said: “At first I thought it was a hoax when I found out I was going to carry the Paralympic Torch, but then I felt a feeling of shock, disbelief and delight when it started to sink in.”
Both Sam and Ollie took up swimming at a young age and for the past eight years, Helen has had six 5am starts a week.
Son Sam (21) said: “I’m extremely proud of my mum for her involvement in the Torch Relay, especially considering the time and effort both her and dad have put my swimming career as well as Ollie’s.”
And 17-year-old Ollie added: “Both our parents have played a vital part in our swimming careers and I am really excited about the Games.”
Helen was chosen by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the global governing body of the Paralympics.
A total of 580 Torchbearers will carry the Paralympic Flame on a 24-hour overnight journey from Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, which is seen as the place the Paralympic Movement began, to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony.
Added Helen: “It’s going to be very emotional for me and my husband.
“We can’t control the races and naturally I wish both could win gold in the same race as they are equally talented.
“We’ll certainly be shouting and rooting for both as part of Team Hynd.”