Saturday 21st July 2012 6:45PM Walthamstow
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For Immediate Release
London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
Steven Cheung, among one of the 6,800 inspirational people from across the British Isles, has been selected by LOCOG to represent Waltham Forest, young people, the Chinese and the Filipino community in Britain to be a Olympic Torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Steven has been allocate slot is located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest on 21 July 2012.
“I am pleased to be able to carry the Olympic torch in my borough Waltham Forest, as this is a once in a life time opportunity. As a Londoner I am immensely proud of our heritage, roots and community, and I am also proud to be able to put Waltham Forest on the map. I am incredibly thankful to LOCOG for their recognition of my hard work and my role for the Olympics.
All eyes will be on London and Waltham Forest in particular, with the Royal Visit to Waltham Forest on 29th March, the Diamond Jubilee celebration and the Olympic & Paralympics Games. London in 2012 has and will continue to change many of our lives through culture, education, tourism, regeneration and investment. As an Olympic Ambassador and a Torch Bearer, I hope to continue to inspire future generations.”
Steven has had the privilege to be involved in London 2012 from the very beginning; as an Olympic Youth Ambassadors (for Waltham Forest) he was responsible for making sure the younger voices of the local community were heard. Steven got involved in a whole range of activities that aimed to empower the Borough’s young people to have an input and contribution to development of the London 2012 and Paralympics Games.
Steven's has held meetings with influential people such as former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, the Chair of London 2012 Lord Sebastian Coe, athletes such as Paralympians Ade Adepitan, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Olympians Kelly Holmes and Jonathan Edwards. Steven also has regular meetings with the Leader of the Council and Waltham Forest 2012 Team to discuss current issues and to give his opinions.
As well as an Olympic Ambassador, Steven was also a member of the Legacy Now Youth Panel, working with the London Development Agency (LDA) EDAW, Allies and Morrison, KCAP and Fundamental Architectural Inclusion in overseeing the Legacy Master plan Framework (LMF) - spatial plan for homes, parkland, schools, workspace, health and sporting facilities to be developed on the Olympic site after the 2012 Games, as part of on-going community engagement and consultation programme. The Panel has provided budding planners and designers the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience, while offering the next generation a vision of the opportunities for regeneration.
For the past eight years, Steven has been a role model to the local community of Waltham Forest and the Chinese & Filipino communities across Britain, inspiring over 1,000 young people to become actively engaged with their community through the Young Advisor Charity.
Steven has been able to work with various organisations such as the Department for Communities and Local Government, Ministry of Justice, Prince's Trust, Waltham Forest Council, Redbridge Council, ITV Fixers, Mayor of London, Metropolitan Police, British Council Gobal Changemaker, British Youth Council, UK Youth Parliament, the Office of The Lord Speaker, the UK Parliament, BC Project to be a representative and voice for the BME community and youth in the UK.
Steven is also on the board of the British Chinese Project to encourage and elevate the presence of UK Chinese in Britain through volunteering, becoming a school governor or involvement in political participation. Steven was also the youngest candidate for the European Parliament in June 2009.
Steven will publish a blog every week on www.stevencheung.co.uk, sharing his experience, findings and stories during the Olympics.
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