Three years since the hugely successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton has returned to Scotland, only this time, the hype and excitement has turned to next year’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Baton’s tour highlighted how the Glasgow Games brought social, cultural and economic benefits to the whole of Scotland, the same positive transformative legacy that GC2018 aims to deliver the Gold Coast and South East Queensland beyond April 2018.
The Baton visited a number of legacy project and people including residents at the Athlete’s Village, the Emirates Arena for the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships and an activity-packed afternoon with locals at the new-and-improved Legacy Hub community centre.
In a historic first, the Baton opened the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo carried by swimming star Hannah Miley and 800m runner Lynsey Sharp in front of the 8,800 people.
The President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin, strongly believes the Glasgow Games continue to be a golden opportunity for Scotland.
” Everybody that saw the Baton in those legacy facilities is chuffed. To them, it made it real, that what they got and what they are able to use off the back of the games, they wouldn’t have had that chance if Scotland didn’t win the bid for Glasgow 2014.”
Fond memories for Glasgow 2014 are also still strong in the minds of those who took part, including Glasgow’s first volunteer, Izzy Conway.
” As soon as I heard the Games were coming to my city [Glasgow] I just knew I had to be a part of this. It was just on my doorstep and I know, like the Gold Coast, we are a friendly, open and welcoming city and I wanted people from across the world to experience that.
The Baton also took part in The Daily Mile run with the children of St Ninian’s Primary School, the school where the internationally acclaimed children’s health and well-being initiative began. St Ninian’s Primary School is linked to Coolangatta State School as part of the GC2018 Schools Connect Program.
As the Queen’s Baton continues its journey around the Commonwealth, next stop Northern Ireland. We are all looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Gold Coast in a few short months and showcasing what we’ve got to offer.