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Student's Olympic effort

06 October 2014

College Sport student and Bracknell girl, Monica Petrosino, will be carrying the Olympic torch through Slough on July 10.

Her sister, Ricarda Petrosino, 24, who also works at the college nominated her, she said: “I nominated her on a whim – I never thought she’d be chosen. I didn’t tell her I’d put her forward though so the first she knew was when she got the call.

“I’m very proud of my little sister – she has overcome a lot of things in her life so far to be a top ice hockey player for England and Team GB – if anyone deserves this opportunity Monica does! She has really shown what dedication and passion for a sport can do to change someone’s life and I really hope that she is an inspiration to other young people.”

Monica, 18, said: “We heard the announcement and I said how awesome it would be to carry the torch and we spoke about it a lot. When I heard that I had been chosen I couldn’t believe it.

 “Taking my place to carry the Olympic torch means so much to me and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity! I have to train so hard for my hockey but it means so much to me. I have sold my car, been supported by friends, family and the college to fund the travel to training and to fixtures abroad. My college tutors have been amazing in helping me to fit my college work around the training and competitions. Myself and my sister have always been so close, she is the best big sister and I have always looked up to her.”

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