Three weeks to remember for Emma

The 20-year-old from Alnwick was recently selected to carry the Flame in her hometown in June ahead of the Games this summer.

And the former Duchess’s Community High School pupil, who is setting her sights on a place at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, received a double-dose of good news, after scooping the four-figure cash-boost to support her triple-jump development.

It comes after the Gateshead Harrier was retained on the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes programme – which funds 264 aspiring Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls from across England and Wales – for a third year.

“It feels great to be back on the scheme,” she said.

“The support and funding you receive is absolutely fantastic and really helps.

“It’s so nice to have your hard work recognised by someone else, and knowing there are people out there who want to help you achieve your goals gives you a real confidence boost.

“My eyes are set firmly on trying to get to Rio. I still need to develop my technique a lot and can really progress further.

“Hopefully with a couple of more years under my belt I’ll have the experience and be prepared enough to have a good chance to get to Rio.”

Pringle’s opportunity to carry the Flame came through her involvement with the Lloyds TSB scheme.

And after attending a Local Heroes workshop at the east London-based Olympic Park, Emma admits that the enormity of being involved with the Relay has sunk in.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be representing my hometown. I’m just counting down the days now.

“I wanted to be involved in the 2012 Games in some way and thanks to Lloyds I will be able to do it.”

Lloyds TSB is the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.