Call to Blaenau Gwent athletes for Queen’s Baton Relay
3:34pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Gwent news
BLAENAU Gwent is to host the Queen’s Baton Relay and is looking for past or present Commonwealth athletes and coaches to come forward and be part of the celebrations.
The relay, which has had a special significance in Wales ever since Cardiff held the first Commonwealth Games in 1958, is coming to Blaenau Gwent.
The Queen’s Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, when the Queen placed a hand- written message to the Commonwealth in the baton. The baton will travel most of the world before returning to Britain.
On Saturday, May 24, Blaenau Gwent will be the first county in Wales to receive the baton, and the council is urging people to embrace the ideals of the Commonwealth Games and show their support by joining in the celebrations.
A council spokeswoman said: “This is a huge opportunity to put Blaenau Gwent on the global map and be part of the countdown to the Games.
“The Queen’s Baton Relay is an exciting opportunity for Blaenau Gwent to be part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. We will be hosting a number of events for the whole community to get involved with and welcome the baton to the area. There will be a real buzz around these Games and it will encourage more people to participate in sport at a local level.”
The council is looking for past or present Commonwealth athletes or coaches from Blaenau Gwent to come forward and be part of the celebrations.
Anita Hobbs, executive member for social services, children and active living, said: “This is a unique opportunity for Blaenau Gwent and I am delighted that we are the first place in Wales for the baton to visit. I urge local people to come and take part in the celebrations.”
Chris Jenkins, CEO for Commonwealth Games Wales, added: “Blaenau Gwent’s support and enthusiasm will kick- start the journey around Wales as we build a huge wave of support for the Welsh athletes in Glasgow. We invite you to be part of our team, a team that extends to the whole of our proud nation.”
If you are interested in being part of this fantastic tradition or would like further information then please contact Active Communities officer Victoria Price on 01495 355324. For more information of the route visit www.glasgow2014.com/baton-relay
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