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Bracknell student to carry olympic torch

Student’s Olympic effort

Bracknell Student to carry torch

College Sport student and Bracknell girl, Monica Petrosino, will be carrying the Olympic torch through Slough on July 10.

Her sister, Ricarda Petrosino, 24, who also works at the college nominated her, she said: “I nominated her on a whim – I never thought she’d be chosen. I didn’t tell her I’d put her forward though so the first she knew was when she got the call.

“I’m very proud of my little sister – she has overcome a lot of things in her life so far to be a top ice hockey player for England and Team GB – if anyone deserves this opportunity Monica does! She has really shown what dedication and passion for a sport can do to change someone’s life and I really hope that she is an inspiration to other young people.”

Monica, 18, said: “We heard the announcement and I said how awesome it would be to carry the torch and we spoke about it a lot. When I heard that I had been chosen I couldn’t believe it.

“Taking my place to carry the Olympic torch means so much to me and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity! I have to train so hard for my hockey but it means so much to me. I have sold my car, been supported by friends, family and the college to fund the travel to training and to fixtures abroad. My college tutors have been amazing in helping me to fit my college work around the training and competitions. Myself and my sister have always been so close, she is the best big sister and I have always looked up to her.”

Abseil 40m (130ft) from the stunning Bracknell & Wokingham College Prow on Sunday 17 June

Bracknell & Wokingham College have generously given permission to hold an abseil for the first time from the state-of-the-art Church Road building on Sunday 17 June.

Unlike other abseils, this offers a mix of abseil and free fall. The team running the abseil are amongst the most experienced and will ensure everyone has the confidence to step over the edge and abseil 40m for British Red Cross.

The funds raised on the day will help British Red Cross to offer some amazing services to vulnerable people in Berkshire. Places are limited in number but open to anyone. To secure a place, book online by paying £15 registration fee and commit to raising £100 sponsorship (payable on the day). Anybody raising over £150 will be presented with a souvenir photograph of their descent. To sign up go to http://goo.gl/HeLEN

Several members of staff and students from Bracknell & Wokingham College will be taking part. Campbell Christie CBE, Principal said: “We are really pleased to be able to support this worthwhile cause and welcome local people in to our beautiful building. Our vision as a college is to be in the heart of our community – what better way to demonstrate this than to invite others to join our students and staff in raising money for a charity that is helping people locally as well as having a hugely positive impact globally.”

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