SALISBURY powerlifting legend Lee Steggles has been chosen as one of the Olympic Torch carriers on its journey through the city this summer.
The former British, European and World champion said she was 'lost for words' when discovering she had been selected for the prestigious honour.
A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during the Olympic Torch Relay ahead of this summer's London Games.
Some 7,300 torchbearers were confirmed today with the remaining 700 being athletes and celebrities.
Salisbury's torchbearers are aged 11 to 75.
Lit in Greece, the Olympic Flame is scheduled to arrive in this country on May 18 and will then make its way across the UK on a 70-day journey.
Torchbearers will carry the Flame through 1,018 cities, towns and villages in the UK, reaching Salisbury on Day 54 - Wednesday, July 11.
Arriving from Reading, the Flame will pass through Ludgershall, Tidworth, Amesbury and the Winterbournes before reaching London Road and heading to Hudsons Field where an evening of celebrations are being planned to commemorate its stay overnight before moving on to Weymouth.
The next morning sees the Flame leave Salisbury Cathedral, heading out of The Close, along the High Street, Crane Bridge Road, Mill Road, South Western Road, Fisherton Street and Wilton Road before arriving in Wilton.
Barford St Martin, Fovant and Ludwell are then en route to Weymouth.
Steggles won just about every honour in her powerlifting classes from the 1980s through to her retirement in 2006.
The 49-year-old won six world titles - her first in Cape Town in 2001- and still holds a number of European records.
Steggles had been put forward as a possible candidate and only learned late last year that she had been short-listed for the honour.
Steggles told Sport4Salisbury: "When I first had the call last November from Lloyds TSB, who are one of the main sponsors of the 2012 Olympics, I was lost for words and had to sit down.
"I didn't really expect to get through as there was a lot of deserving candidates. When I was asked what it compared to I said winning my first World gold medal. But to be honest this is more of an honour."
The former powerlifting champion is now waiting for details of which section of the route through the city she is to run with the torch.
Salisbury's Margaret Thomas is also among the torchbearers and will carry the flame through Wilton.
Thomas, who represented Britain at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988, won an individual target pistol silver medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada along with two bronze medals in the pairs.
Other Salisbury, Wilton and Amesbury torchbearers include Alex Protheroe, 29, Dolly Burnett, 49, Ben Walton, 36, Edith Daynes, 66, Gemma Bawcutt, 11, Henry Futcher, 12, Simon Browning, 56, Tom Futcher, 14, Jo Safe, 26, Oli Edmonds, 24, Sharon Korbey, 39, Stuart Cook, 52, Terry Wells, 29, Vanessa Parfitt, 59 , Will Copp, 17, Andy Allman, 50, Caroline Hurley, 39, Neil Mawdsley, 43, Ben Wicks, 18, Emma Lewis, 36, Mike Clifford, Neil Barker, Owen Grummitt, Richard Knight, 38, Robert Ewins, 12, Tamsyn Attiwell, 43, Gemma David, 27, Sally Purnell, 46, Shirley Moores, 59, George Parker, 75, and Julian Chalmers, 46.
Each torchbearer is expected to carry the flame for approximately 300m and will wear special white and gold uniforms, provided by adidas.
There are now just 130 days to go before the start of the Games.