On Monday 14 July of next year, the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton Relay will commence in the Games host nation, Scotland. Over 40 days, 4000 outstanding members of the community – nominated by the public - will have the chance to carry the baton through one of the 400 cities, towns or villages in which the relay shall pass through.
Today (10 October) marks the opening of nominations, in which anyone can put forward someone in who they believe should be rewarded for their contribution to sport locally.
With the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro being the first Games since 1924 in which to have rugby sevens as part of the programme, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 is an opportunity for the game to take centre stage on a global scale, and show it’s worthy of inclusion in the Olympic syllabus. 45 matches with teams competing from 16 nations, will play in the fast-paced and high scoring abbreviated game that will be sure to excite crowds and inspire young rugby enthusiasts.
With a new focus on rugby, this is the ideal chance to nominate your local club hero to take part in the games by carrying the baton as part of the relay, in reward for their efforts. Whether it be; a young prospect that may be looking to compete in future games, or a club coach that contributes greatly to rugby locally, now is the chance to nominate the worthy person, giving them the chance to be deservedly appreciated by the community.
Scotland 7s internationalist Russell Weir, emphasises the importance of volunteers to the game of rugby. He said,
“Their support is invaluable as they complete all the important little tasks that contribute to the bigger picture and deserve to be rewarded”.
He went on further to talk about the new buzz surrounding the Commonwealth Games sevens en route to the Olympics. He said, “Competition is getting tougher and tougher. More and more countries are putting more money and more focus in to sevens with its inclusion in the next Olympics”.
Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman, Michael Cavanagh, hails the chance to be a part of the relay. He said; “The baton’s journey through the country is the ideal opportunity to celebrate community sport and recognise those local athletes selected for Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014. Get behind the Team and be part of the Games!”.
Nominations can be made until 22 November on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games website ; www.glasgow2014.com
All participants must be 12 years or older at the time of nomination.