Bunbury man honoured in Olympic Torch Relay

Bunbury's David Dorsett-Lynn and John Winning Jr  representing Australia in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic torch relay. Image supplied.
Bunbury's David Dorsett-Lynn and John Winning Jr representing Australia in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic torch relay. Image supplied.

Two decades of community work has earned South West businessman David Dorsett-Lynn selection as a torch bearer for Australia in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Torch Relay.

Mr Dorsett-Lynn was one of four Australians selected to carry the torch on January 11.

He was selected by Samsung, who were tasked to invite 1,500 people globally out of the 7,500 available spaces. 

Mr Dorsett-Lynn said he was incredibly grateful to be bestowed with the task.

“Being one of the lucky torch bearers and representing Australia is very exciting,” he said.

“It means a lot to me, my family and hopefully the community can be proud to be represented.

“I’m excited to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The four torch bearers were selected based on their embodiment of the game’s theme of ‘achiever’ or ‘dreamer’.

Those selected were considered to have opened new horizons in their respective fields.

Busselton-born Mr Dorsett-Lynn is now based in Bunbury and is the managing director of several Retravision stores throughout the state.

His roles in the community includes establishing St Mary’s Community Care and running flagship programs Nature Works and Build Up Zone, which are widely used in WA schools’ anti-bullying curriculum. 

He is also the deputy chairman of Wattle Hill Care in Bunbury and spent 11 years on the board of Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, where he was a foundation member.

Samsung Electronics Australia’s Holly Adams said those chosen were inspirational and continued to defy barriers they faced.

“The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 is the absolute summation of personal sacrifice and determination and these four Australians show this in their own lives,” she said.

The Olympic Torch Relay PyeongChang 2018 winds through the provinces and cities of South Korea over a 101 day period.

The Olympic Flame will reach PyeongChang on February 9.