91 year old dentist’s Olympic bid
A dentist who scooped a bronze medal at the British Empire Games back in 1950 is making his own Olympic bid for 2012.
Vice president of the BDA Benevolent Fund, Tony Chivers, has been nominated by the charity to be a torchbearer in next year’s London Games.
The former athlete and dentist is now 91 but back in 1950 bagged a bronze medal in the three-mile run at the Empire Games held in Auckland in New Zealand.
And he has just heard that he has been successful in making it through to next year’s Olympics regional selection stage as a torchbearer.
The BDA Benevolent Fund is a charity dedicated to helping dentists and their families in times of need and Tony was its chairman from 1986-93.
After serving his country as an RAF pilot during the War, he went on to have his own practice in Hampshire. In 1996 he was awarded the MBE for his services to dentistry.
He is still actively involved in local athletics and continues to raise money for charity.
The Benevolent Fund nominated him, believing he embodies the positive spirit of the Olympics.