18th May 2012 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This morning I was again helping raise the London 2012 flag in front of our Embassy, to mark the arrival of the Olympic Flame in the UK. This time I was assisted by Yanet Siyoum, a young and promising Ethiopian swimmer, who is preparing not just for the Olympic Games but also her college exams. Although she lacks a coach and access to proper training facilities, Yanet has still managed to progress to international level. In a few weeks’ time, she will be living her dream – as Ethiopia’s only swimmer in the Olympics. She is already a role model for young Ethiopians.