Aston University colleague honoured to be Olympic torchbearer

Peter Frazier
Peter Frazier will proudly carry the Olympic Torch through Royal Leamington Spa on Sunday 1 July

1 May 2012

A Purchasing Officer at Aston University in Birmingham, has been named as an Olympic Torchbearer. Peter Frazier will proudly carry the Olympic Torch through Royal Leamington Spa on Sunday 1 July. More than 60,000 people were nominated to be Olympic Torchbearers and Peter is one of just 8,000 chosen throughout the UK.

Following a successful kidney transplant in 1978, Peter became the first ever transplant patient to run a marathon and has since completed six further marathons. It was his passion for running that led to a heavy involvement with the World Transplant Games where he represented Great Britain six times. The British Transplant Games aim to encourage transplant patients to regain fitness and to promote friendship and co-operation between individuals concerned with transplantation, whilst increasing public awareness of the value of organ donation. Peter has won eight medals including two Gold medals in 1982 (Athens) and in 1997 (Sydney). He sat on the Management Committee of Transplant Sports Association of GB for 20 years whilst also being the Team Manager of Birmingham Transplant Games Team. Peter has also spent the last 30 years as a promoter of the National Organ Donor Scheme through his involvement with the Transplant Games, which has significantly increased the number of organ donors in the UK.

It was his daughter-in-law Louise Ford who nominated Peter for the role of an Olympic Torchbearer. In her submission Louise describes Peter as “truly a top bloke”. She continues: “Peter epitomises the Olympic spirit - he is a survivor with a never give up attitude. He spent six years having dialysis which culminated in a kidney transplant. He never complained or felt bitter and handled his illness with an infectious positive outlook.”

Peter is excited to see the Olympics coming to the UK and to be selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer. He said: “My kidney transplant made me determined to show others that sport can be an option to everyone, no matter what level your fitness is at. The London 2012 Olympics will be the most wonderful celebration of sport and I’m so proud to be carrying the Olympic Torch through my home town of Leamington Spa.”

Most recently Peter has joined the Aston University Running Club, a new club for staff and students which has been set up this year as part of Aston University’s London 2012 initiative - Expanding Horizons: Aston's Year of Transforming Lives. Expanding Horizons is a year dedicated to celebrating the University’s diverse campus community and enhancing intercultural awareness by specifically looking at how London 2012 can positively influence the Aston University campus community.

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For further information, please contact Louise Russell, Communications Officer at Aston University, on 0121 204 4637 or at l.a.russell1@aston.ac.uk.

Notes for Editors

More information about Expanding Horizons: Aston’s Year of Transforming Lives, can be found at www.aston.ac.uk/expandinghorizons