THE sister of a teenager who died just days after being named as a Commonwealth Games baton carrier will take part in his honour.
Kyle Wood, 14, was found dead in April after suffering a suspected seizure in his home in Tranent.
Now, in a poignant tribute, Kai Wood, 16, is to take over Kyle’s baton duties in Church Street on June 17, when the Queen’s Baton relay passes through the family’s hometown.
Their mum Susanne Wood, 38, said: “I am extremely proud. Obviously it’s bittersweet. It was her own idea to do this. No words can describe how proud I felt when I learned she had asked for that responsibility.
“She’s excited and nervous and emotional and proud all rolled into one.”
A massive group of friends and family is going to be there to cheer Kai on. Among them will be a large contingent from Ross High School, where Kyle was a pupil and where Mrs Wood is employed as a support worker.
Many of those cheering Kai on from the sidelines will be sporting T-shirts emblazoned with Kyle’s smiling face and the spirited catchphrase “You Can Do It, Just Like Me . . . Just Like I Did It”.
Mrs Wood said: “We have a massive support network and they will all be spurring her on. We are very thankful for all the support that everybody has shown towards us.”
A devoted Hearts fan and keen cyclist, Kyle was one of 4000 people selected to take part in the baton relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
Described as a sporting “all-rounder” who was involved with disability athletics club Lothian Leopards, he also sang with the school choir and had recently taken up the trumpet.
His mum said: “If Kyle was with us he would be right in the middle of it having a party.
“Nothing ever held him back and if a doctor told him he couldn’t do something he would practice until he could.
“He was a very determined young man and he will be there in spirit on the day.”
After his son’s death, devastated dad Scott, 38, said: “Kyle was the type of boy that brought a smile to everyone’s face. He made people laugh.”