Yes, Natalie is going to the Olympics – not to play hockey (maybe next time) but she has been selected as one of the torch bearers as it comes to Northern Ireland.
Undoubtedly Natalies sporting abilities played a part in securing her nomination, however the wider story of Charlene’s Project must have played a part as Natalie’s heart for empowering a community in Uganda through sport and education ticked all the boxes for the Olympic committee.
In nominating her, Martin Montgomery said:
‘I am delighted that Natalie gets to experience the excitement of such a worldwide event in such a personal way, and I really hope she enjoys every minute. However I could have nominated any one of the Barrs to do this – even Janice!
To be serious though, they all are truly inspirational in how they have dealt with the death of such a precious member of their family – in darkness they have united to shine the brightest light – a light which is transforming lives in Uganda through education and clean water, and which is changing lives in Northern Ireland as they bear witness to a God who does not forsake those He loves.’
In her own words Natalie says:
‘Just got word I am carrying the Olympic Torch in Ballygawley. As a family we so want to continue carrying the torch for Charlene in Uganda and feel this very symbolic.’
Natalie has agreed to answer some questions for this website, which will appear very soon – so keep checking facebook, and here for the updates!