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Megan's moment to shine

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 04, 2012

By Natalie Wakefield

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TEARS of pride coursed down the face of one Ashbourne mum as she watched her eldest daughter carry the Olympic Torch into the town.

Megan Mosedale, 14, was picked to bring the Olympic Flame into Ashbourne on Friday, after a teaching assistant at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School nominated the youngster for her positive attitude in the face of adversity.

Megan’s face shone with pride and excitement as she carefully made her way down Buxton Hill, flanked by a guard of honour created by Shrovetiders who stood, balls aloft, to greet the Olympic Flame.

Lara Mosedale, her husband Alan and their two younger children, Grace and William, watched as Megan, who has suffered with a series of medical problems since she was born, was cheered and applauded.

Megan, who is diabetic and dispraxic, suffers with coeliac disease and Elhers Danlos Syndrome, a condition which means her joints can dislocate suddenly and painfully.

Despite all this, Megan’s positive attitude and determination to live as normally as she can, was noted by Steph Goodhead at QEGS, who nominated the youngster to carry the Olympic Flame.

Mrs Mosedale held a celebration party for Megan, her friends and family on Saturday and the teen will be taking her torch into school next week to show all her classmates.

Mrs Mosedale said: “When I left her at QEGS on Friday she was absolutely shaking.

“I just told her that this was her moment. Like her wedding day, this was a moment for her, that she had to make the most of it. Like it said on the bus behind her, it was her moment to shine and she did.

“We could hear the kids chanting her name as she came down the hill. We were waiting for her where she handed the flame over to Martin.

“There were definitely some tears shed, we were so incredibly proud.

“She did so well. She’d had her hair done in the morning and she looked just like any other 14 year old girl without any extra problems, it was lovely to see her like that.

“She just said it was absolutely amazing. And just being part it is an amazing thing really.”

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