Remember the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games? Who could forget! We have some amazing memories from that fantastic summer, including the Coca-Cola Future Flames.

Four years ago, 1,300 inspirational young people were selected to run in the Olympic Torch Relay in recognition of their passion for sport and positive contributions in their local communities.

Ben Fox was a Coca-Cola Future Flames winner, who carried the Olympic Torch through Royal Wootton Bassett High Street, cheered on by friends, family and hundreds of local residents.

Coca-Cola Future Flame Eliza Doolittle
Ben Fox and the Coca-Cola Future Flames pose with Eliza Doolittle before the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Four years on he is part of the GB U23 wheelchair basketball team, with his sights set on gold at the World Championships in Canada. We caught up with him to find out about his experience as a Coca-Cola Future Flame and what he has been up to since.

How did the chance to be a Coca-Cola torch bearer for the 2012 Olympics come about?
I became a torchbearer thanks to my Dad nominating me for my success in sport and overcoming my disability and illness as a child.

“It was honestly the best day of my life.”


What was the experience like?
The experience was incredible, I was lucky enough to have an enormous crowd cheer me on down the High Street of Wootton Bassett. It was honestly the best day of my life.

Ben Fox Coca-Cola Future Flame

Did you keep your torch and if so where is it now?
I keep my torch in my room and it's safely covered in its sleeve!

What inspired you to take up wheelchair basketball?
I had always wanted to try wheelchair basketball ever since I was a young boy. I used to play amputee football however I injured my knee playing football on the school field, this left me with no sport for the whole summer. By luck, I happened to meet the assistant GB Men's coach in a car park. He invited me along to his local club and 10 years later I'm here.

Ben Fox wheelchair basketball

Your GB U23 wheelchair basketball team won bronze in Dubai, how did that feel?
Winning bronze in Dubai was a huge achievement for our U23 team. We have recently lost lots of players due to age and they have gone on to break into the men's team. As a new group of boys, we bonded together and fought hard to earn ourselves a bronze against some tough men's teams. It's the start of our long journey to the world championships in Canada.

What’s the team’s next challenge?
We have two tournaments coming up, a friendly tournament in Japan in November, before team selection for the World Championships in Canada, where we aim to take the gold medal! 

“To anyone wanting to get involved in a sport, I urge you to do so ASAP!”


What would you say to people who have been inspired by the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and are thinking of taking up a sport?
To anyone wanting to get involved in a sport, I urge you to do so ASAP! I took up the opportunity and it has created many goals and aims in which I wish to achieve.

Ben Fox Coca-Cola Future Flame

Will you be watching the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio? What are you most looking forward to seeing?
I will be watching all of the Olympics and Paralympics, I always look forward to it! I will be watching the wheelchair basketball and will be cheering on my friends who are taking part for Great Britain.

Take a look behind the scenes of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.