A CHARITY fundraiser, a teenage dance teacher, a swimming mentor, an MS campaigner and a breast cancer survivor have been chosen to be Commonwealth Games baton-bearers.
The baton – which is touring the Commonwealth, travelling 118,000 miles in 288 days – will arrive in the Capital on June 14 on the first day of its journey around Scotland.
Organisers are finalising details of its route through the city, but they say the areas it will be carried through include Riccarton, the city centre, Meadowbank, Leith, Portobello, Duddingston, Newington and South Queensferry.
Across Scotland, community baton-bearers have been selected by independent panels, who have considered people’s achievements against the odds, their mentoring of younger people, contributions to community and youth sport, and those who make a difference through volunteering and community support.
Councillor Steve Cardownie, the city’s festivals and events champion, said: “We are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming the baton to Edinburgh – and to Scotland – on June 14.
“We have over 100 baton-bearers, including a pupil from every secondary school, each of whom will play an important part in the celebrations taking place throughout the day.
“We’ve worked very hard with the organisers to send the baton to as many parts of the city as possible and to allow baton-bearers to run through their own communities, cheered on by their friends and family.
“I was fortunate enough to be on the selection committee for Edinburgh and was hugely impressed with the standard of nominations. I have no doubt our baton-bearers will do themselves and their city proud.”
Lynne McNicoll, founder of the Edinburgh-based charity It’s Good To Give, was chosen for her inspirational work volunteering and raising money for children affected by cancer.
She said: “I’m really delighted to be chosen to be a baton-bearer. Welcoming the baton to Scotland will an amazing opportunity and I just can’t wait. I’m currently in training for a five kilometre race which will hopefully help me get fit in time for the Queen’s baton relay!”
Kerry Renwick, 16, selected baton-bearer for Wester Hailes Education Centre, said: “I am thrilled to have this amazing opportunity to be a baton-bearer. It is an inspiring challenge and one I never thought I’d get to be part of. Now I am experiencing it and that is unbelievable. I have watched the baton travel through other countries and it’s exciting to think that will be me. I feel honoured.”