A HARTLEPOOL-BORN solicitor is set for her moment in the spotlight as an Olympic torchbearer in the Games’ host city.
Deepali Kidambi, 32, says she feels “huge pride and excitement” ahead of the once-in-lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame in London.
The former West Park Primary School pupil left Hartlepool for the capital 14 years ago and now works as part of the legal team for Lloyds banking group.
But it’s her role in the community as a Brownies leader which led to Deepali receiving nominations to be part of the torch relay through London on Monday.
And among the thousands cheering her on will be dozens of Brownies as well as her proud parents, Amanta, 66, and Hema, 61, who both still live in Hartlepool and younger brother Ajay.
“I feel huge pride and a few nerves as well to be honest,” Deepali told the Mail ahead of the big day.
“To be part of the Olympics in the UK is incredible and it will be wonderful to bring family and friends together on the day.”
Deepali says she has friends across the world and those who can’t make it to London on Monday will follow the event online.
Mum, Hema, a retired radiologist at the University Hospital of Hartlepoool, who lives in the West Park area of town, said: “We were so pleased when we found out Deepali was going to be carrying the torch.
“It will be such a proud day for us as parents.
“I have been following the Torch Relay online and have been amazed by how many people are turning up in every town and city.
“I think we will need to get there two hours early.”
Meanwhile, Hartlepool physiotherapist Martin Davies made the trip to London yesterday ahead of his “chance of a lifetime” to work in the Olympic Village.
Martin, 32, who works at Active Physio Care, in Victoria Road, is preparing to work 10-hour shifts as a physiotherapist for the 15,000 athletes living in the village.
“Since I was selected to work at the Games, my excitement for the competition has been steadily building, now I can’t wait to get started,” said Martin, who lives in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool with his wife, Abby, 32, and two year old daughter Isobelle.
“I have already had a tour around the village and the Olympic Park and it gave me goosebumps, it is absolutely amazing.
“The facilities are top notch. Everything is purpose built, we have even have underwater treadmills which the athletes can train on.”
Martin will write a blog detailing his progress and experiences throughout the Games which will appear in the Mail.