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Scottish Youth Sailing Star Lights Olympic Cauldron

Saturday 28 July 2012
Scottish youth sailing star Callum Airlie was able to celebrate his 17th birthday in style when he was one of the seven rising stars that had been chosen by Olympic heroes to light the London 2012 Olympic flame last night.

Callum started sailing aged four and has had very successful campaigns at the helm of the Optimist (twice UK champion) and 420 (Scottish Youth champion with Joe Butterworth).

The person who would light the cauldron was the closest guarded secret of the opening ceremony. When the Scottish double Olympic gold medalist nominated Callum to be one of the stars she had to persuade him to travel to London for the briefing in a cryptic phone call where she was vague about why it was important for him to go. Once he knew about the honour he was not allowed to tell anyone else in his family (apart from his mum who gave permission for him to do it). He was bubbling over with excitement but managed to keep it to himself.

Here's hoping that Callum is even more inspired to follow in the footsteps of British Olympic sailing heroes and goes on to win gold at the 420 Worlds.