Running a store means you have to be quick on your feet but Yorkshire retailer Steve Keast took it to a new level when he participated in the Olympic Torch Relay.
Owner of Daw to Door Stores in Bentley, Doncaster, Steve was chosen by Convenience Store for a spot provided by Coca-Cola, due to his fantastic work in the community.
For the last 10 years, Steve has been coaching local youngsters on sports with a focus on running. “There’s not a huge amount to do around here so if I can help some kids get involved in sports and channel their energy then it may give them a focus,” said Steve. “It’s also great to be able to give something back to the community that has been so good to me and my family.”
One of 8,000 Olympic Torch Bearers, Steve was extremely proud to carry the flame. “It’s amazing really, you see the amount of people who applied to do it and then they chose me,” he said. “It’s quite humbling.”
Convenience Store caught up with Steve as he completed his run. “In the build-up to the run, I had lots of mixed emotions,” said Steve. “I was anxious, nervous, excited, everything! But once it got going, the adrenaline was pumping. I’m so proud to been given the opportunity to do this. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.”
CCE’s sales and customer development director, Darren Goldney, congratulated Steve and the other torch bearers: “They are all outstanding people who spread happiness in their local communities to make Britain burn brighter.”