Matt King said: "It was a thrill and great honour for me to carry the Olympic Torch and I feel very proud to be part of the Olympic celebrations."
King was seriously injured two weeks after his 17th birthday playing for London Broncos Academy team in 2004. He has a complete paralysis below the neck level, is unable to breathe independently and is totally reliant on a ventilator.
He went back to school, achieving A levels at A grades and went on to the University of Hertfordshire where he gained a first class honours degree in law. Matt continues to act as an ambassador for Stoke Mandeville Hospital and for the Royal Variety Club of Great Britain and is now employed as a solicitor in London.
Since his injury Matt King has painted a number of Christmas cards using just a mouth stick to raise money for the RFL Benevolent Fund which supports players whose lives are affected by serious injuries sustained while playing.
For more information on the RFL Benevolent Fund visit: www.rflbenevolentfund.co.uk