Double amputee, 16, to carry Olympic flame

A double amputee from Wisbech has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch after being nominated by his doctor.

Matthew Dawson, a computing student at the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn, was born with the bones missing from his lower limbs and both his legs were amputated when he was two.

The teenager, who turns 17 next month, will take part in the Huntingdon stretch of the Olympic relay in July, watched by his proud family and friends.

He was nominated for the honour by Dr Colin Wallis, a consultant in respiratory paediatrics at Great Ormond Street Hospital, for his determination and positive attitude.

'I'm very active and have played for Wisbech Cricket Club for four years' said Matthew, who attended Marshland St James High School. 'It's never held me back and I can get around most things.

'My doctor nominated me for just carrying on the way I have. They let me know by email that I'd been selected - my friends thought it was amazing.'

Matthew's parents Hazel and Gary will cheering from the sidelines with his younger brother Daniel, 8.

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'They are very proud,' he added.

Matthew, who uses prosthetic legs, will be walking about 300m with the torch when it passes through the town on July 8.

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