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Search launched for community champs to star in the home leg of Queen's Baton Relay

It will travel across the globe through the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth carrying a special message from Her Majesty the Queen, but the final lap of the Queen’s Baton Relay will be its last 40 days travelling the length and breadth of Scotland.

Commonwealth Games Scotland and Glasgow 2014 need up to 4,000 special people to be the batonbearers given the honour of carrying this unique symbol of the Commonwealth Games towards its final destination and the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

The baton will travel through the Falkirk Council area on Tuesday 24th June 2014 and local community champions will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to carry it through the area on its final journey to the Games.

Yesterday (October 9) at Buckingham Palace in a simple but moving ceremony involving Olympic and Commonwealth legends, Sir Chris Hoy and Allan Wells MBE, Scottish athletes, world-renowned classical violinist Nicola Benedetti and young people from Scotland and the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, placed Her message into the beautiful titanium and elm wood Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton.

Her Majesty’s message will form the core part of the baton which will travel throughout the Commonwealth and across the Home Nations before returning to Scotland and featuring at the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow on July 23, 2014. 

Before it departed on its 190,000km, 248-day international journey, the Queen’s Baton was brought to Stirling, the heart of the country and home of Commonwealth Games Scotland, to launch an appeal for nominations for the batonbearers who will carry it through the communities of Scotland in June and July of next year.

From June 14, 2014 and for the following 40 days, the Queen’s Baton will travel to all parts of the nation, visiting every local authority area.

From the spires of Edinburgh to the peaks of the Highlands; from Border woodlands to island beaches, the Queen’s Baton Relay offers everyone the chance to be a part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

Around 100 batonbearers will carry the baton each day with the relay reaching more than 400 communities during its 40-day journey.

The relay will reflect the important role sport plays in the community by visiting schools, sporting facilities and leisure centres and through a range of events and activities supported by the sportscotland Active Schools Network. The support is focused on encouraging communities to get behind Team Scotland, get involved with the Games and using its profile to get more people participating in sport.

From today (October 10) until 22 November anyone can nominate their own local champions to be batonbearers. To be a batonbearer, people are required to:

Be 12 years old or older at the date of nomination

Have made a positive contribution to the lives of others through community sport
Undertaken voluntary work or contributed to schools or youth organisations
Contributed towards greater inclusion for disadvantaged or marginalised sectors of the community
Been a role model or mentor to youth through sport
Displayed a level of individual achievement against the odds
Made a significant contribution to their local community

Nominations can be made online from today on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games www.glasgow2014.com

A Judging Panel including representatives from a wide cross section of Scottish community organisations will assist in selecting the successful nominations for each local authority area.

Provost Pat Reid, Falkirk Council said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for local people to play a key role in one of the biggest sporting events Scotland has ever hosted!

“It would be wonderful to see representatives of our communities carrying this historic baton as it makes its way across the Commonwealth.

“I would encourage local people to start nominating now who they would like to see honoured as batonbearers in the final journey to the Games. There are many local people who spring to mind immediately as meeting the criteria.”

Launching the Queen’s Baton Relay Route and the nomination of batonbearers Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman Michael Cavanagh said:

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games and its arrival in Scotland gives an important signal to both the athletes and the public that the Games are just around the corner.

“As the host Commonwealth Games Association we are delighted to announce today the route the baton will take during its 40 days in Scotland next June/July and how the public can nominate worthy Batonbearers who make a significant contribution to their local community.

“The baton’s journey through the country is the ideal opportunity to celebrate community sport and recognise those local athletes selected for Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014. Get behind the Team and be part of the Games!”




- Falkirk Council ( 10/10/2013 )

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