Community heroes sought for baton relay

More than 4,000 people will be needed to complete the Queen's Baton Relay through Scotland. Nominations can be lodged up to November 22.

More than 4,000 people will be needed to complete the Queen's Baton Relay through Scotland. Nominations can be lodged up to November 22.

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Community champions in Angus are being sought to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay to celebrate next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games Scotland and Glasgow 2014 need up to 4,000 inspirational people, who have made a difference to their communities, to carry the baton on its 40-day journey through Scotland.

The Angus public is now being urged to nominate local champions to act as batonbearers.

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.

The relay covers a 190,000km, 248-day international journey through all Commonwealth nations and territories before it arrives in Scotland on June 14 next year. It will then be carried through every local authority area.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, chairwoman of the Angus steering group for the XX Commonwealth Games, said: “This search is a great opportunity to showcase the best of our communities in Angus.

“We all know local heroes who work tirelessly and often with little recognition. Now is your chance to nominate these inspiration people from all across Angus for this once in a lifetime opportunity and I would like to encourage as many people as possible to nominate their local champion.”

Michael Cavanagh, Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman, said the relay is the games’ ultimate symbol and its arrival in the country gives an important indication to athletes and public that the games are just around the corner.

He continued: “As the host Commonwealth Games Association we are asking the public to nominate worthy batonbearers who make a significant contribution to their local community. The baton’s journey through the country is the ideal opportunity to celebrate community sport and recognise those local athletes selected for Team Scotland.”

Nominations can be made online at www.glasgow2014.com up to November 22.