David Beckham Nominates Gabriella Roseje as his Choice for a London 2012 Torchbearer

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I went along to the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf this lunchtime to see David Beckham unveil his nomination for an Olympic Torchbearer.

Gabriella Roseje is from Bermondsey in London, and has played sport all her life; more recently she’s started coaching others. She works with people from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them get into sport.

Beckham said, “Gabriella is an impressive and inspiring person. Not only is she successful in her own right, she willingly supports and helps those around her. I’m proud to nominate her as Samsung’s first Olympic Torchbearer. The nomination campaign aims to give the unsung heroes in communities across the world their chance to shine in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Gabriella is a perfect example of the kind of qualities we are looking for in a person to run with the Olympic Flame.”

Just 18 years old, it was clear Gabriella was both excited and overwhelmed at being nominated as this slightly fuzzy video shows:

Gabriella’s nomination means she’ll be one of the Samsung Torch Relay runners: the company is looking to recruit 1,359 more inspirational people to be part of the total 8,000 relay runners. If you want to nominate someone, or just find out more, visit www.samsung.com/uk/london2012


  1. sue ponulak says:

    What fabulous news! Gabriella was always an outstanding sportswoman and she is remembered with much affection at Bacon’s College, and especially by us in the PE department. well done Gabby, great stuff, we are really proud of you – keep up the good work!

    Sue Ponulak, Director of Sport, Bacon’s College

  2. LazyLondon says:

    Is that the real David Beckham? He looks like a waxwork in that pic!

  3. alan dobson says:

    congratulations Gabriella. we are all really proud of you. i knew you had something special, well done.

  4. gabriella says:

    oh my God, mr Dobson, thank you so much!!!!! I came accross this article by accident, but I am so happy that I did x

  5. gabriella says:

    awwwhh…thank you so much miss ponulak…much appreciated x

  6. benji says:

    Its very difficult to say all the great work gabriella has done in front of cameras and crouwds of people for the first time especially beside a superstare well done girl I would have turned to jelly up the GREAT

  7. Suzie Glasson says:

    Congratulations Gabriella….Really Proud of you….I wish it was me next to David Beckham….LOL….WELL DONE…xx

  8. Sami says:

    Proper proud of you girl. Congrats! xo