Selection of baton bearers announced

Kathryn Offer.
Kathryn Offer.

Thousands of people across Scotland were notified this week that they have been selected to carry the Queen’s baton.

Up to 4,000 baton bearers from all 32 local authorities in Scotland will join the relay when the baton makes its way to Glasgow for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

The prestigious roles of baton bearers were awarded to individuals who make a positive difference to the lives of others in their communities as well as school pupils with one pupil nominated from all 545 secondary schools in Scotland.

Locally, a handful of successful applicants have been officially announced with the following confirmed to be part of the Western Isles relay leg:

Colin Macleod - one of the ‘Minch Swimmers’ which swam from Ullapool to Stornoway, in relay style, raising well over £20,000 in aid of the RNLI.

He has also done individual events to raise funds for the ‘Leanne Fund’.

He was also the lead swimmer in the Vatersay to Ness Swim/Cycle/Run event, once again for the Leanne Fund.

Ethel McNally - For the past 30 years Ethel has been involved in inspiring young people through sport.

She taught young children to swim, takes disabled young adults swimming, has been involved in tutoring and accompanying young people to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Ethel has run numerous marathons and half-marathons throughout the world, and was involved in the organisation of the annual Harris Half-Marathon, accompanied a group of young people to an orphanage in Nepal, still goes hill-walking and running at the age of 75.

Kathryn Offer - studying Sports Studies at University of Stirling, Kathryn has been consistently recognised for her sporting talent, volunteer work and as a role model for young sports people in her local community.

She has won medals up to National level in a range of sports, with swimming being her major event.

She has already represented the Western Isles at four International Island Games, winning a bronze earlier this year in Bermuda with the 4x400m relay team.

Christina Stewart - Diagnosed with MS five years ago, Christine’s been involved with Restarting MS W.I branch meetings (treasurer), and raising awareness of MS.

Charlie Nicolson - Local councillor Charlie is the epitome of the volunteer.

He has made this an integral part of his life’s work. Over many years he has supported innumerable voluntary groups and organisations.

These have included many sports clubs - especially football.

He has been the driving force behind the Blythswood Shoebox appeal locally. In recent years he has become involved in charitable work in Moldova which has led to him being offered the Freedom of the city of Nisporini.

Magnus Johnson - Magnus has a track record as a volunteer in local football extending back over 30 years.

In that time he has coached girls, boys and adults as a volunteer coach with Stornoway Athletic Football Club.