A RISING ice hockey star is set for a close-up encounter with the Olympic torch when it arrives in her home town.
Amy Campbell, 18, has already starred in Great Britain’s ladies ice hockey under-18s team and has so far travelled to Italy, Norway and Canada to represent her country.
But her next big encounter will be much closer to home when she gets to see the Olympic torch.
She has received an invitation to be part of one of Hartlepool’s biggest days on Sunday.
Amy, who attends Hartlepool College of Further Education, was chosen for the occasion because she is part of the INSPIRE project in which females in the Hartlepool sporting world were photographed to encourage more players to enter the sport.
Also photographed were stars such as boxer Amanda Coulson and footballer Lindsay Johnson.
Amy said: “I think it is really cool that the Olympic torch is coming to Hartlepool and I am excited about it.
“I was chosen through the INSPIRE project to be invited to the Olympic torch event and get the chance to have a video and photos taken with it at the ceremony.”
The talented teenager is hoping her own Olympic ambitions could be realised in the future.
The next Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, in Russia, and the GB women’s team has entered the qualifying tournament.
Amy will be spending her time later this year in a sports therapy course when she starts at Teesside University, but hopes to get back into ice hockey training after that.
It has been a busy year for Amy who was also chosen as the town’s ambassador for an event last week.
She was asked to present certificates to the crew of a sailing ship called the Duet, which is Britain’s longest serving sail training vessel, and had called into Hartlepool as part of a UK tour.
Duet will end her voyage in London to coincide with the Olympic closing ceremony celebrations.