Lewis swimmer thrilled at batonbearer call

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The participants in the Queen’s Baton Relay to open the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have now been announced.

Kathryn Offer, 21, from Galson, Ness, will be one of the baton bearers when it comes to the Western Isles on July 8th.

Kathryn, a Sports Studies student at the University of Stirling, received nominations to be involved in the relay as she has been consistently recognised for her sporting talent, volunteer work and as a role model for young sportspeople in her local community and across the Western Isles.

She said: “It’s exciting; I’m really happy to be involved, because I did the Olympic torch relay, and this is the icing on the cake to have been able to do them both.

“I’m really looking forward to this one though, because it’s all closer to home, being in Glasgow.”

The baton, which comes to Scotland on June 14th after a 248 day journey throughout the Commonwealth, bears a message from the Queen which is to be read at the opening of the Glasgow 2014 games.

Kathryn has just completed her first year of study at university, and will come back to Lewis for the summer to fulfil her role in the Relay.

A runner and a swimmer, she has been dedicated to her sports for many years and continues to have the enthusiasm to train hard.

She has won medals up to National level in a range of sports and has represented the Western Isles at four International Island Games.

Kathryn volunteered to coach young children at a local sports centre before being offered a job there and enjoys seeing the individual achievements of able and disabled youngsters.

She has encouraged others and has been a role model for younger athletes in her own and other sports.

Her ambition is to give others the support she has had in her development.

She said: “At the moment I teach swimming to primary aged children, mostly six-year-olds. It’s really good fun and really great to see how they get along over time.”

Also in the relay is former Olympian Kirsty Wade, who now lives in Stornoway.

Kirsty, who also ran with the Olympic torch, will take hold of the baton in her home town of Llandrindod Wells, in Wales, on Sunday May 25th.