Lucky six are chosen for Queen’s Baton Relay

Leeds' six batonbearers selected to carry the Queen's Baton.
Leeds' six batonbearers selected to carry the Queen's Baton.
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The six lucky Leeds batonbearers for the 2014 Commonwealth Games have been announced today.

The half-dozen local representatives will carry the Queen’s Baton when it comes to the city on June 12.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will tour will visit local landmarks to celebrate the countdown to Glasgow 2014, which is now just under 100 days away.

The six batonbearers include Leeds Gymnastics Club member Nile Wilson, 18, City of Leeds swimmer Sophie Taylor, 18, British Aikido squad member Laura Beardsmore, 27, paralympic powerlifter Ali Jawad, 25, and sports volunteers Charlie Sansome, 23, and Norman Stephens, 74.

The six have been selected by a panel of sporting partners from across the city, in recognition of their contribution to sport and the community.

Dame Kelly Holmes, president of Commonwealth Games England, said: “They have all been selected due to their passion for sport and the way in which they share this with their communities and look to get people involved and active.

“I’m encouraging everyone in Leeds to get involved when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to your city – find out what event is taking place and if you can be there then please go and cheer on your Batonbearers and be part of the Team England send-off to Glasgow!”

The batonbearers will carry the baton to a variety of events and activities at Leeds venues such as the Headingley Carnegie Stadium, the John Charles Centre for Sport and Leeds Civic Hall.

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow and will take place from July 23 until August 3.

Stephen Blake of the CMA  Photo: Vikki Ellis

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