Olympic Torch Relay at Corbridge Middle School
Karen Robertson was welcomed into our school assembly on 21 June 2012 to talk to the whole school about her experience as an Olympic torch bearer. It was clear she was felt priveleged to be given the opportunity to participate in the event and after hearing her nomination story, it is clear she derserved the honour. Following the assembly, everyone in school was taken to the school field to participate in our very own torch relay - using Karen Robertson's decomissioned torch. The event, organised by Mrs Parkin was very well co-ordinated, to allow all students and some of the staff to carry the torch between various point. Following on from the torch bearing, pupil's week kept entertained with 'Zumba' dancing class. A wonderul and memorable event. A big THANK YOU to Karen Robertson & Jess Parkin who made this event possible!
Corbridge Middle School Parent, Karen Robertson selected to carry the Olympic torch!
Karen pictured with Lewis Smith, Olympic Gymnast on 15 June 2012
From the Hexham Courant:
WHETHER in a personal or professional capacity, Karen Robertson dedicates a lot of her time to helping others. The 43-year-old, who lives near Halton, Corbridge, travels across Tynedale as an out-of-hours nurse, and works for Hexham charity Tynedale Hospice at Home.
On top of that, the superfit athlete coaches both adults and children at
Hexham’s One Life Triathlon Racing Club and Tynedale Harriers. Karen was selected to carry the torch in Newcastle on Friday, June 15. She said: “It is such an honour to be chosen and I can’t stop smiling.
“I just do what I do because I enjoy it, and I enjoy helping others.”
Karen's nomination story
If you asked my sister she would say she is just a normal working mum. To me and others that know her its a different story. Karen works as a palative care nurse in Northumberland a demanding job which requires not just medical skills but qualities of patience understanding and compassion. All of which she has inabundance. She is an extemely talented sports woman who always plays down her own achievements She has been a North East champion Fell runner and Triathlete Constantly helping out at local sporting events; school athletics, swimming galas, cross country, cycling and tri events....no matter what the weather. Helping out from marshaling to just encouraging the last few over the line! Coaching up to 4 times a week ( She has recently passed her level 2 BTF coaching qualification) all voluntary in her own time. Not only helping out at the events its all the background work that no one sees that she does like helping organise and setting up training schedules events...picking up and dropping off young athelites but also looking after adults children so they can train and take part ..Karen also has 3 of her own children all of whom are talented athletes in different sports rowing, cycling and swimming which she is constantly dropping off and picking up. Karen has helped me personally with my own health issues and been a support to me and my famiy practically as well as emotionally. Karen spends the majority of her life doing things for others, this is for her.