Final call for local hero nominations

Forfar Academy pupils with Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 mascot, during the roadshow's visit to the school. (Photos on Location)
Forfar Academy pupils with Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 mascot, during the roadshow's visit to the school. (Photos on Location)

Local school pupils have been encouraged to nominate their local heroes for next year’s Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.

Making its only stop in Angus on its tour of the country, the games’ roadshow along with mascot Clyde called in at Forfar Academy on Friday in a final push for local nominees ahead of this Friday’s deadline.

The relay, which includes all Commonwealth countries, will make its way through Angus on Saturday, June 28 and the games organisers are looking for 4,000 inspirational people nationally to help it on its way around Scotland.

Katie Hughes, from Glasgow 2014, said the Queen’s Baton Relay offers a “once in a lifetime” chance for local people to be involved in the event and be recognised for their contributions to their local communities. She also said the S1 pupils who attended the roadshow had responded positively to the presentation.

She said: “The chances are there will be only one Queen’s Baton Relay going through the country during their lifetimes and we just don’t want people to miss out.

“This is a last push to make sure people are inspired to go online and make their nominations.”

To qualify, nominees have to be 12 years old or older at the date of nomination and 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 or made a significant contribution to their local community.

Nominations can be made online at www.glasgow2014.com/queens-baton-relay where more details of the event and its route can also be found.

The relay is on a 190,000km, 248-day international journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth and will arrives in Scotland on June 14.

It will then travel for 40 days to every local authority area in Scotland.