Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Western Isles

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The Queen’s Baton Relay will visit the Western Isles on July 8th 2014 and will travel the length of the island chain and may even visit St Kilda.

The Queen’s Baton is travelling 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 next summer will travel the length and breadth of Scotland in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Yesterday (October 9) at Buckingham Palace a 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 took place where the Queen accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, placed her message into the beautiful titanium and elm wood Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton.

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

From today (October 10th) until November 22nd, anyone can nominate their own local champions to be batonbearers.

To be a batonbearer, people are required to:

Be 12 years or older on 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 to 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 on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games website www.glasgow2014.com