Polar explorer aims to carry 2012 Olympic torch through Hackney

Polar explorer Dwayne Fields has tackled the challenge of trekking across snow in freezing temperature.

Polar explorer Dwayne Fields has tackled the challenge of trekking across snow in freezing temperature.

Now the anti gun and knife campaigner who walked from Canada to the North Pole wants to take on another challenge by carrying the Olympic torch through Hackney, where he grew up.

The 28-year-old is throwing his hat into the ring for nominations which open this week to be one of the 8,000 Olympic torch bearers who will be carry the symbolic Olympic flame to the host venues of the 2012 games.

The flame will be taken on a 70 day tour of the UK starting on May 17 2012 and finish at the Olympic stadium for the opening ceremony on July 27.

Mr Fields of Dumont Road in Stoke Newington said he wanted to carry the torch through Hackney together with his mentor Edmund Shillabeer who helped him train for the North Pole Challenge.