Glasgow 2014: Baton relay selection bid extended

Alan Wells carries the Commonwealth Games baton, watched by the Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh. Picture: PA
Alan Wells carries the Commonwealth Games baton, watched by the Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh. Picture: PA
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The process of selecting people to take part in the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay has been extended by a week.

Applications were due to have been submitted by 5pm today but Commonwealth Games organisers said the website will stay open until the same time on Friday November 29.

The main reason for the extension is that a number of people nominated to be batonbearers have yet to formally accept their nomination.

Organisers hope that by lengthening the deadline, those “modest” people will be encouraged to come forward and complete the process to take part in the “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to carry the baton in their home town.

Some applications have not been completed because those who made the nomination used an out-of-date email address or spelled it incorrectly.

Organisers are issuing reminders to nominators to let them know they have another week to submit the correct details.

New nominations can also be made but they must be accepted by the nominee and completed by the deadline next week.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: “We are thrilled with the response we have had in our search for batonbearers. However, we still have some very modest people out there who have yet to accept their nominations.

“We want to ensure that people from every Scottish community are centre-stage for the Queen’s Baton Relay so we are keeping the website open for an extra week to allow all nominees to complete their details.”

The relay is a 118,000-mile, 248-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth before it ends in Scotland on June 14 next year.

Up to 4,000 people will then carry the baton over a 40-day journey through 400 villages, towns and cities in Scotland.

Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh said: “As the host Commonwealth Games Association, we are asking the public to nominate worthy batonbearers who make a significant contribution to their local community.

“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.”

Nominations can be made at Glasgow2014.com/baton-relay.