Twins Janette and Jeanette Howells will be carrying the Queen's Baton Relay in Rhondda Cynon Taf on May 25
The day the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Rhondda Cynon Taf will be a special occasion for the Howells family of Pontypridd - and cause for a double celebration.
Twins Janette and Jeanette Howells, both Commonwealth Games competitors, are among those selected to carry the Queen’s Baton Relay in their home County Borough on Sunday, May 25.
Jeanette, who works for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Environmental Services division, said: “For my sister and I, this will be an amazing moment in our lives - to actually be a part of the Queen’s Baton’s Relay for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
“It is a huge honour for the both of us, and to be a part of the Queen’s Baton Relay team in our own County Borough makes it even more special. It will be a day we will never forget.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is hosting the iconic Queen’s Baton Relay on Sunday, May 25, as part of the Aberdare Festival.
Archery competitors Janette and Jeanette Howells led the six-strong Wales’ squad at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi - the first time archery was included since 1982.
Both born on Christmas Eve 1961, Janette and Jeanette have gone on to become talented sportswomen and are fantastic ambassadors for Rhondda Cynon Taf around the world.
The talented twins first took up archery over 20 years ago when the family joined their local club. Janette and Jeanette both went on to represent Wales at the Archery Commonwealth Cup in India in 2006 and at the last Commonwealth Games.
It was their collective dream to compete at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, and when it did happen the pair were over the moon. They are now equally delighted to be playing a part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Janette, a legal assistant with an established law firm in Wales, said: “We both realised the enormity of representing Wales at archery in 2010 as it was the first time for the discipline to be included in the Commonwealth Games in 28 years.
“It was watched all around the world by millions of people, including family, friends and work colleagues. There was tough competition to get into the Wales team - but we both did it.”
Jeanette, the younger of the two by just a few minutes, added: “To both be selected to be in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is a magical moment for us.
“I hope we get a wonderful welcome at the Aberdare Festival as we parade around AberdarePark. I will be a huge day for us and an historic occasion for the whole County Borough.”
The Aberdare Festival takes place at Aberdare Park on Sunday, May 25. As well as the Queen’s Baton Relay, the event will also feature an impressive line-up of live acts on the open-air concert stage.
Among those performing will be Wales’ very-own singing sensations Only Boys Aloud and The Voice contestant Paul Black.
Other attractions at the Aberdare Festival will be the Savage Skills mountain bike stunt show, duck driving, Black Mountains Falconry, the Above and Beyond aerial display team, family funfair, mobile farm, Felix and Felix comedy penny farthing act and an extraordinary attraction featuring realistic Mountain Gorillas.
Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/aberdarefestival for all the latest information