31st Aug 2017

WELSH BATONBEARERS REVEALED AHEAD OF NEXT WEEK'S BATON RELAY

Past and present sporting greats, community ambassadors and Welsh celebrities are among the 130+ outstanding individuals who will carry the Queen's Baton when it comes to Wales next week.

Selected for their community contribution and achievement in the world of sport, education, arts & culture, the Welsh batonbearers will be taking part in a four day tour of Wales.

Batonbearers were nominated locally, and the final selection was made by Commonwealth Games Wales.

Commonwealth Games Wales Chair, Helen Phillips said: "It's a great honour to be chosen as a batonbearer, and everyone who's been selected should feel extremely proud.

"All of those carrying the Baton in Wales are exceptional individuals who promote community life and inspire others to achieve in all kinds of fields.

"Our batonbearers are of all ages and come from many different backgrounds, representing the rich social and cultural diversity that we have as a nation."

She added: "Covering 350 miles of Welsh soil, the route is the largest relay to date in Wales. The baton will be visiting south, mid and north Wales to get the entire nation excited about next year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast."

The Queen's Baton Relay started at Buckingham Palace on 13 March this year, and will be travelling through Wales between 5-8 September.

The Baton will then work its way to Australia via Asia and Oceania in time for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games' opening ceremony on 4 April.

ENDS

To arrange interviews or photographs, please contact Elliw on 07766 335612 | pr@teamcymru.wales

Please see attached list of batonbearers. Note that this is subject to last minute changes.

Wales QBR media pack is attached. Further information and more detail about the route and local events in Wales is available on http://teamwales.cymru/en/queensbatonrelay2017/

About the Queen's Baton Relay:
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition. The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest in history and the most accessible ever, not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits. In total the Baton will travel 230,000km over 388 days.
More information: www.gc2018.com/qbr

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