Baton bearers celebrating the announcement of the relay team
The Queen’s Baton Relay will be travelling through Rhondda Cynon Taf on May 25 as part of its tour around the Commonwealth countries ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.
The home-grown athletes, past and present, inspirational Young Ambassadors and dedicated sports club volunteers who have the honour of carrying the baton in Rhondda Cynon Taf on May 25 are:
Michaela Breeze MBE, 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning weightlifter
Gareth Wyatt, former Wales rugby player and 2002 Commonwealth Games player
John Dyer, 1966 Commonwealth Games cyclist
Philippa Hearnden, Sport RCT Platinum Ambassador
Rhys Jones, London 2012 Paralympic athlete
Edward Morgan, RCT Coach of the Year
Emma Brown, World Championship gold medal-winning powerlifter
Janette and Jeanette Howells, 2006 Commonwealth Games Archery competitors and twin sisters
Joe Thomas, Wales and GB 800m athlete
Sara Head, London 2012 Paralymic bronze medal-winning table tennis player
Stephen Jenkins, two-times Commonwealth games bronze medal-winning table tennis player
Steve Richards, Sport RCT Unsung Hero winner
Tracey Edwards, Marathon runner and RCT Volunteer of the Year
Beth Nesham, Sport RCT Gold Ambassador
Carly Lewis, Wales Under-21s netball player
Clinton Purnell, 2010 Commonwealth Games gymnast
Danielle Thomas, dance crew leader and RCT Young Volunteer of the Year
Norman Richards, 1958 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay carrier
Gerwyn Davies, 1990 Commonwealth Games triathlete from the Rhondda
Nyree Kindred, Welsh and GB swimmer with multiple Commonwealth and Paralympic Games medals
The Queen’s Baton Relay begins its seven-day journey of Wales on Saturday, May 24, touching down at Cardiff Airport. It comes to Rhondda Cynon Taf on Day 2, arriving at the Aberdare Festival in Aberdare Park, on Sunday, May 25, giving the residents of the County Borough the chance to get up close to a piece of sporting history.
Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, said: “By welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Rhondda Cynon Taf, we are showing our public support to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but above all else we are showing our support for our Welsh athletes - in particular those living in our own County Borough.
“Just like London 2012, the Commonwealth Games will give us a window to show the world what talent we have right here on our doorstep, which will hopefully go on to inspire future generations to be fit, active and healthy.
“I urge as many people as possible to go along to Aberdare Park on May 25 to catch a glimpse of this wonderful symbol of the Commonwealth Games.”
For further details of the Aberdare Festival visit the Events pages or call the Council’s Events Team on 01443 424123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org