Finmere artist ‘thrilled and amazed’ at Olympic offer

Finmere Festival.Mouth painter Keith Jansz with some of his paintings on show in Finmere Church.'110514M-D101
Finmere Festival.Mouth painter Keith Jansz with some of his paintings on show in Finmere Church.'110514M-D101

FINMERE man Keith Jansz said he was “thrilled and amazed” to learn he could be an Olympic torchbearer.

Artist Mr Jansz, who paints with a brush held in his mouth, is one of 6,800 aspiring torchbearers for the London 2012 Olympics who received the first conditional offers on Thursday to carry the Olympic torch on its tour of the UK next summer.

He told the Advertiser of his shock when the email arrived.

He said: “I’m stunned. I had to read it three times before it would sink in. I’m thrilled, amazed and so proud for Buckingham, for Finmere and for all my friends and family.

“It’s for everyone. The only reason I get to be nominated is because of all the people who’ve written in on my behalf.”

Mr Jansz stressed the offer at present is only conditional. His place will not be confirmed until March next year. B

ut he added: “On a rainy, horrible day out there, to have such heartwarming news as that is very special.

Mr Jansz began painting with his mouth after he was paralysed from the neck down following a road accident.