The countdown has begun for the Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Wales at the end of May, with Denbighshire County Council preparing to welcome this prestigious event to the county.
The Queen’s Baton Relay which will be visiting the county on Friday, May 30, with the official route due to be announced in the coming weeks. Today (Monday), the baton bearers for the various stages have been announced.
A programme of activities are being arranged to coincide with the event. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Councillor Huw Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Leisure said: “The fact that the baton bearers have been confirmed is great news and we are a step closer to welcoming the Baton Relay to Denbighshire and to Wales.
“It’s great that local athletes and those with connections with the county are to be given an opportunity to be part of this major event and will hopefully inspire a new generation of children and young people to see the benefits of sport and leisure activities in general”.
Jamie Groves, Head of Communications, Marketing and Leisure for Denbighshire, said: “We have a team of staff working tirelessly to welcome the Baton Relay into the county and to arrange activities to coincide with this historic event.
“It is also a great platform for the county to show the rest of Wales and beyond that Denbighshire is a great place, not only to live and visit, but also to host major events of national significance.”
Chris Jenkins, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, explains; “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a chance for the whole nation to get behind the team of athletes set to compete for Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games just two months later, and it really is an invitation to join us on our journey.”
“By linking athletes and coaches from past and present back to the communities they came from through the QBR, we hope that it will inspire the next generation to believe that anything is possible, and that one day they could be a Commonwealth champion bringing their medals home.”
The Queen’s Baton Relay begins in Wales on Saturday 24th May 2014 and will spend seven days visiting a mixture of close knit community events, large multi-sport bonanzas and iconic landmarks before it heads across the border to England on Friday 30th May.
For more detail on the route that the baton will take please visit www.teamwales.co.uk/queens-baton-relay-2014/