Sutton Olympic torchbearers: Just three of 23 are from the borough
AN AUSTRALIAN TV executive, a hedge fund expert and a banker are among 20 non-Sutton residents chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through the borough.
In what is being lamented as a "missed opportunity", just three of the 23 people chosen to take part in the Torch relay through Sutton on July 23 are from the area.
The remainder of the crew of Torchbearers, who list places as far flung as Mumbai, Innsbruck in Austria, and German outpost Mengkofen among their home addresses.
And one of the chosen few, Jeff Browne, the managing director of Channel Nine TV in Australia, lists exotic Bondi Beach as his home.
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Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, said he is disappointed that volunteers and charity workers in Sutton have been largely overlooked in favour of more commercial candidates.
He said: "Boroughs like Croydon and Sutton aren't directly involved in the Olympics so this would have been an amazing opportunity to get them involved.
"It's very disappointing."
Mr Brake added: "This is a first-rate opportunity for people that have contributed to our borough and yet they have not been chosen. It is an opportunity missed.
"I am shocked at the news and disappointed that more local people were not chosen."
Steve O'Connell, the London Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton, shares Mr Brake's opinion.
He said: "This is something that has irritated me because I have long said that I wanted to see Sutton get a bigger share of the action.
"I'm disappointed that we don't have more involvement. It would have been better for more people from our London boroughs to be involved.
"I definitely share other people's disappointment."
The three Sutton residents who were chosen to carry the Torch through their home borough are teenager Lauren Sullivan, John Warr, 46, and John Dawson, 45, who was blinded in a serious road accident in 2001.
The Torch relay will enter the borough from Croydon into Beddington on July 23 – four days before the Olympics opening ceremony.
It will then be carried along the A232 Croydon Road through Carshalton to Sutton, making its way down Sutton High Street, before the route turns down Sutton Common Road and on to the A217 Reigate Avenue.
For more details of the Olympic torch relay through Croydon and Sutton, here.
The London 2012 Organising Committee has said that all nominations were judged on an anonymous basis with only their unique ID number, year of birth and inspiring story provided to the judges.
They also said the selection panels were looking for people that have the power to "inspire the world".