Seeking Commonwealth baton bearers from Argyll and Bute

2014 Commonwealth Games Baton
2014 Commonwealth Games Baton

The Queen’s Baton Relay will come to Argyll and Bute ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, it has been confirmed.

Although the detail of the baton’s route during the final 40 days of its worldwide journey is being kept under wraps for the time being, it is thought that Dunoon may receive a visit from the relay after it arrives in Britain on June 14 next year.

The relay will visit more than four hundred communities across Britain and will see the baton carried by around a hundred people each day - and Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has appealed for the area’s residents to nominate potential baton-bearers.

From today until November 22, anyone can nominate their own local champions to be baton bearers.

To be a baton bearer, 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 website.

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.

Mr Russell said; “I am delighted that we now have confirmation that the baton will visit all 32 local authority areas including Argyll and Bute which is something I have been pressing for, Now we need people to nominate Baton Bearers and I would encourage people to engage in the nominations process.

“The Games may be held in Glasgow but they are very much Scotland’s games and this is just one way in which Argyll and Bute residents can engage and have some ownership.”

Two Bute residents, Jenna Speirs and Victoria O’Reilly, carried the Olympic torch on the first day of its journey through Scotland ahead of London 2012.