Olympic baby’s wait over

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Seven-year-old schoolboy Noel Hanrahan has been looking forward to this year’s Olympic Games ever since he was born.

That is because of his special birth date, December 20 – or 20/12 – in 2004, which was the year that London bid to host the Games.

Lucky Noel is one of 700 youngsters across the country born on the special day and as a result, he will be on stage at Darley Park in Derby to welcome the Olympic torch as part of celebrations held in the city next week.

Field House Infant School pupil, Noel said: “I know that I’m an Olympic baby and it’s very exciting.

“We get to go to the opening of the Paralympics and go on stage when the torch comes to Derby. I’m a bit nervous.”

Every child born on that date was told that they would play a role in the Olympics and Paralympics as part of the Children’s Promise.

Noel, who is a young Olympic ambassador for Erewash School Sport Partnership, said: “I love being an ambassador and telling all my friends about the Olympics. I even took a DVD in to show them because when I was a baby I was on the news because of my special birthday.

“I love BMXing, especially Shanaze Reade, I would like to see her, maybe when I’m older if I practice enough I can be as good as she is.”

Noel’s mum, Amanda, added: “He’s really looking forward to all the celebrations coming up and we hope he has a great time.”