Baton-bearers wanted for Galloway

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The deadline for nominations for baton-bearers for the Commonwealth Games is rapidly approaching.

Anyone interested has until November 22 to nominate a local person for the Dumfries and Galloway section.

Commonwealth Games Scotland and Glasgow 2014 need up to 4000 people to be the baton-bearers carrying this unique symbol of the Commonwealth Games towards its final destination at the opening ceremony.

From June 14, 2014, and for the following 40 days, the Queen’s baton will travel to all parts of the nation, visiting every local authority area.

Dumfries and Galloway Council leader Ronnie Nicholson said: “The Queen’s baton relay unites two billion citizens of the Commonwealth and we are delighted that it will spend one whole day in Dumfries and Galloway.

“It will travel east to west across a large part of our area and will visit local sports events, schools and community celebrations.”

Around 100 baton-bearers will carry the baton each day with the relay reaching more than 400 communities.

The relay will reflect the important role sport plays in the community by visiting schools, sporting facilities and leisure centres and through a range of events and activities supported by the sportscotland Active Schools Network. The support is focused on encouraging communities to get behind Team Scotland, get involved with the games and using its profile to get more people participating in sport.

To be a baton-bearer, people are required to:

• Be 12 years old or more at the date of nomination

• 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

• Made a significant contribution to their local community

Nominations can be made online on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games website

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