A teenager, who dedicates her life to charity work and sports, is in the running to walk with the Olympic flame ahead of the eagerly awaited 2012 London games.

Holly Worthington, 18, was nominated for the honour by her friend Chris Deacon as he felt she was such an inspiration for all the voluntary work she does.

The aspiring midwife volunteers for the Monday Club in Abbots Langley, which helps adults with severe learning disabilities.

She is now awaiting the decision of Coca Cola judges, and hopes to raise the profile of local voluntary organisations through her participation in next year’s torch relay.

Miss Worthington said: “Being able to carry the Olympic Flame would be incredible. I've always watched it on TV and to be a part of it would be so amazing.”

The aspiring midwife has already devoted a great deal of time to charity work through sports events and fund raising activities, including a charity bike ride last summer, in which she raised £2,300 for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

She cycled from John O' Groats to Land's End to raise money for the charity last year and is currently training to repeat the feat next year, as well as the London Marathon.

“I'm really grateful to have been given this opportunity, and for all the support I've had so far,” she said.

The London 2012 Olympic Torch will be lit in Greece and arrive in the UK on May 18. It will then travel for 70 days in the hands of 8,000 people throughout the UK before reaching the capital and igniting the games.