Friday, 11 April 2014

Commonwealth baton will come to Three Towns

The names have been revealed of local people who will carry the Queen’s Baton as it makes its way through North Ayrshire ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.

In total, 125 volunteers will take part in the tour across the district, with the relay passing through Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston on Tuesday, July 15th. Community baton-bearers were chosen by independent panels, which considered a number of factors when reaching decisions. In some cases they looked at people’s achievements against the odds or the contributions they have made to community and youth sport. Other factors included activity in mentoring young people and having made a difference to people’s lives through volunteering or community support.

A spokesperson for North Ayrshire Council explained, “The Queen’s Baton journey has been developed to share the excitement of Scotland’s countdown to the Commonwealth Games with the participation of as many people as possible.

“The relay will reflect the important role of sport by visiting schools, sporting facilities and leisure centres, encouraging communities to get behind Team Scotland and the Games themselves in a bid to attract more people into sport.”

By the time the games open in Glasgow on July 23rd, the baton will have travelled almost 200,000 kilometres through 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

North Ayrshire Provost Joan Sturgeon said, “Until now, the Commonwealth Games has been seen as a giant event happening not too far away in the not too distant future. That all changed this week with the announcement that North Ayrshire’s baton-bearers have been chosen. You can now feel the excitement in the air as we all gear up for the biggest sporting and cultural event that Scotland has ever hosted.”

Cllr Sturgeon noted, “The Queen’s Baton Tour comes through North Ayrshire just eight days ahead of the Games’ opening and we will be well prepared with a full day of community celebrations right along the route.”

A local mother and daughter were delighted to hear they will both carry the Queen’s Baton as it travels through Ardrossan. Suzanne Fernando was nominated for her work with the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, while her 17 year-old daughter, Jordan, a pupil at St Matthew’s Academy in Saltcoats, is recognised for her role as an ambassador for the National Autistic Society.

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