Queen’s Baton relay to visit university

by Craig Wright

The Queen’s Baton will visit the University of Stirling this August, as part of the wider relay in the run-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The baton will arrive in Stirling on the evening of Thursday August 24, where it will be present at a celebratory reception at Stirling Castle, in honour of Team Scotland and its participants at the 2017 Youth Games in the Bahamas.

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Stirling Castle was also a stop on the 2014 Baton relay. Credit – Chris Radburn for Glasgow 2014

The following day will see a programme of events around the region, beginning with joining the pupils of St Ninian’s Primary School for their ‘Daily Mile’, before travelling to a public event to be held at the Kelpies.

It will then be the turn of the university to welcome the baton to the campus, as the relay visits the sportscotland Institute of Sport to meet “the team behind the team” along with students connected to the Commonwealth Games.

The university has previously played host to a Queen’s Baton relay, having hosted the launch of the baton-bearer search ahead of Glasgow 2014.

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The Glasgow 2014 baton (featuring a young Ross Murdoch, far left) at the campus back in 2013. Credit – University of Stirling

Cathy Gallagher, the university’s director for sport, expressed her delight at the news, saying: “As part of the build up to next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, we look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence next month.

“The visit will allow staff and students, including members of Team Scotland who will be competing at next year’s Games, to join in the celebrations.

“The 2014 home games in Glasgow was a hugely memorable sporting occasion and hopefully we can generate the same levels of engagement and support for our athletes competing in Australia.”

Other sights the relay will visit include the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games village, a first-ever trip to Islay, and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. A full programme of events can be found here.

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