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Queen’s Baton is on its way

Council leader Rhondda Geekie with special commemorative leaflets they produced for the baton's journey through East Dunbartonshire.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie with special commemorative leaflets they produced for the baton's journey through East Dunbartonshire.

The Queen’s Baton arrives 
in East Dunbartonshire on Saturday, July 19 and the 
official baton-bearers have now been announced.

This will be the last stop for the baton before it moves on to Glasgow ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Wednesday, July 23.

A number of local people have been selected to perform this prestigious role after being nominated by members of the community.

They were chosen by independent panels after considering their achievements and contribution to the community.

Here are just a few of our local heroes:

nAnita Neilson from Bearsden, a breast cancer survivor, often runs races and marathons for breast cancer charities. She founded and coaches a group of runners with nearly 30 members and has also written a musical about her experience.

nDougie Crawford, one of the top skiers in the UK, currently races in the World Cup and Europa Cup circuits. Despite his busy training and race schedule he always takes time out to support his local ski club in Bearsden, to encourage and coach the club’s young racers.

He’s also patron of the youth charity Snow Camp, which promotes the inclusion of skiing, snowboarding and life skills to improve young people’s lives.

nPeter Hunter, from Bearsden, has been an ultra-marathon runner since he recovered from a serious cardiac arrest in 2010. He finished 14th in the Scottish Ultra Marathon Series 2012, and in two years ran a staggering 10 ultra-marathons, with his longest one being 69 miles. He has raised thousands of pounds for charity by running. He is also a Glasgow Life youth worker.

nGavin Johnstone, from Bearsden, is a volunteer with Active Schools. He recently won the Active Schools Volunteer of the Year Award. Within Mosshead Primary School and other clubs, Gavin has introduced a number of sports to help young people get healthier through physical exercise.

His encouragement, reassurance and calm manner drive pupils on to get involved in a series of activities.

nMatt McCormick, from Bearsden, is a member of the Junior Elite Team GB for snowboarding.He is also the Scottish and British champion, having won the British Championship for the last three years. He regularly attends Scottish Schools’ ski and snowboard competitions - run by Snowsports Scotland - as a coach for younger children.

 

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