Paralympic Champion nominates Swansea alumnus to carry Flame

On Monday 27th August alumnus Tim McVea will be one of eight torchbearers carrying the Paralympic flame during the festival in Cardiff.

Tim McVea Tim was nominated by fellow Swansea graduate and gold medal winning Paralympian Liz Johnson. They met at University whilst studying for a BA in Business Management. Liz nominated Tim for the help and support he provided her throughout university, as well as when her mother passed away whilst she was competing at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. In Liz’s nomination story she says “Tim is my best friend and played a massive role in me achieving my goal of becoming a Paralympic champion in Beijing... He is a kind and informed character who understands the significance of the Paralympic movement.”

Asked about the nomination, Tim says “It’s a great honour and privilege to be nominated as a torchbearer. For me this is an opportunity to support the athletes that I have come to know and an amazing invitation to be part of the Games which they have spent years preparing for.”

Whilst at university Liz inspired Tim to take up sport, he says “In the eight years I have known Liz she has trained constantly twice a day, which in no mean feat. She proved it was possible to combine sport and work and this encouraged me to join lots of clubs. How could I complain about getting up at 7am knowing she had already been in the pool for an hour?”

Tim’s dedication to sport paid off, he was part of the Rowing team which won the Welsh Varsity boat race, a highlight of his university life. He also joined the Swansea Snowriders and learnt to ski. Tim speaks fondly of his time spent at Swansea University: “I absolutely loved every minute of my time at Swansea; there are so many good memories.”

Tim currently works for Airbus on the Graduate Leadership Programme, which involves undertaking seven placements across different departments. He currently works for the Customer Affairs Team in Toulouse, responsible for the marketing, sales and customisation of aircrafts. In October Tim will be working with the Problem Solving Team at the A380 Final Assembly Line, and in February 2013 he will spend three months with Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong.