Former Bristol Hawks Elite gymnast Kelvin Williams has been honoured by being chosen as an Olympic torch bearer.
A Member of the Great Britain National Gymnastics Squad for five years, elite performer Kelvin first came to Bristol Hawks as a toddler & with the local Limes Nursery School [who still have regular sessions at Bristol Hawks].Kelvin was South West Mens gymnastics Champion on numerous occasions both in the NDP [setwork] and as Voluntary Apparatus Champion. Kelvin topped the National rankings in gymnastics for his age group winning the title of Great Britain National Development Plan Champion for three years running from 1998-2000.
Kelvin has gone on to follow his passion for the sport of Basketball both as a top class performer for the Bristol Storm Team and as a coach. His nomination for torch bearer included the following tribute:
“Kelvin is an inspiration to everyone around him. He inspires those around him with his talent, passion and commitment and gives up his time volunteering to coach his peers. He has a ‘Pied Piper’ effect in our community and has young people following him all over. He isn’t outwardly the loudest person, but has charisma and presence which people around him can’t avoid.”
On May 23rd Kelvin Williams, had the opportunity to celebrate his work in community basketball in a way that quite probably won’t be repeated in our lifetime, by taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay in Bristol. Kelvin, 22, is an inspiration to everyone around him selflessly giving up his time volunteering to coach his peers. Through his talent, passion and commitment Kelvin has had a positive impact on the local community and its young people. Kelvin is part of the 55 exceptional young community sports leaders who, through Coca-Cola’s Future Flames campaign, have been honoured as official London 2012 Olympic Torchbearers. The chosen individuals are all participants in StreetGames, the sports charity that brings sport to the doorstep of young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK. It is the second time in 2012 that Kelvin, has been recognised for his dedication and commitment to delivering basketball to the Bristol community, earlier in the year he fronted the Coca-Cola’s StreetGames billboard campaign. Kelvin was chosen to star on the billboard because of his outstanding contribution to his local StreetGames project. First spotted by StreetGames coaches in 2007, Kelvin attended several basketball sessions and soon became part of the Bristol Storm basketball club, where he is a first-team regular for the full National League side.
Bristol Hawks are delighted to see Kelvin doing so well and making a real difference to the lives of young people in Easton.
Well Done Kelvin!