Chance to play your part in sporting history

Olympic gold winner Sir Chris Hoy kick-started The Queen's Baton Relay
Olympic gold winner Sir Chris Hoy kick-started The Queen's Baton Relay

East Dunbartonshire residents can play their part in one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar taking place in Glasgow next year.

Organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have launched a search for baton bearers to take part in The Queen’s Baton Relay.

East Dunbartonshire residents have been asked to nominate individuals they believe merit the prestigious honour of carrying the baton as it travels through the district.

On October 9, at Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty The Queen placed her message in the Glasgow 2014 baton, which will

now travel through the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth before coming home for its final lap in Scotland.

Throughout Scotland more than 4,000 baton bearers are needed to help carry the baton around the country.

On Saturday, July 19, the baton will be carried through East Dunbartonshire before being handed over to the host city of Glasgow on Sunday, July 20.

The relay will reflect the important role sport plays in East Dunbartonshire by visiting sporting facilities, leisure centres and through a range of events supported by the sportscotland Active Schools network.

Within East Dunbarton-shire around 100 people will have the honour of taking part in this once in a lifetime event.

Now you can nominate someone you think deserves the opportunity.

The organisers are looking for people over 12 years of age who have:

nmade a positive contribution to the lives of others through community sport

nundertaken voluntary work or contributed to schools or youth organisations

ncontributed towards greater inclusion for disadvantaged or marginalised sectors of the community;

nbeen a role model or mentor to youth through sport;

ndisplayed a level of individual achievement against the odds;

nmade a significant contribution to their local community.

Nominations can now be made online until 5pm on November 22, on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games website:

www.glasgow2014.com

A judging panel, including representatives from a wide cross section of Scottish community organisations will assist to select the successful nominations for each local authority area.

East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay will be a truly memorable and exciting build up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“I am delighted that the baton will be carried throughout East Dunbartonshire on Saturday, July 19, before being handed to the host city of Glasgow.

“To be nominated to be one of the baton bearers for this event will be quite an honour and anyone fortunate enough to be afforded this opportunity will never forget this experience.

“Within East Dunbarton-shire we have a large number of people who make a positive contribution to the community and to sport, or who give up their free time to work voluntarily within our schools and youth groups.

“If you know someone who you think deserves the chance to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event, please nominate them by November 22.”