A Commonwealth athlete carries the baton to children at York Primary School
AN ATHLETE from Great Britain carries the Queen’s Commonwealth baton during a sporting event for York Primary school children.
The official Queen’s Baton made its way to North Yorkshire ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Earlier this afternoon, the official Queen’s Baton Relaywho crossed the 72 nations of the Commonwealth, ran along the walls of York from Bootham Bar and around York Minster by baton bearers Zoe Barratt, Colin Lea, Max May and William Kilgannon.
Then York’s fifth pole carrier, GB long jumper Lucy Hadaway, took over at York St John’s University Sports Park on their Haxby Road campus, where 600 children from 20 York primary schools took part participated in games and have seen the stick up close.
Councilor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “It was fantastic to see local school children taking part in this unique event which combines the Queen’s Baton Relay with the Commonwealth Games.
“I know the kids had a truly memorable day and hope they continue to enjoy the sports and activities they tried today.
“I want to thank all the clubs and organizations that put on this incredible event, and of course the young people who took part.”
Each stick carrier was chosen for their contribution to inspiring others in the sport.
Lucy competed in the long jump for Great Britain at the Commonwealth Youth Games and the IAAF World Junior Championships.
She is a member of the City of York Athletics Club and has just completed her degree in physical therapy at YSJ University.
When she arrived on campus, the children burst into a mass dance, choreographed and taught that morning by Helen Brown of KINESIS Dance, featuring the national anthem.
She then showed the stick to the children, explaining that each touch made it change color, and ran with two 6th graders from each of the schools.
Lucy said: “It was an amazing event! It was so much fun running the Baton Relay with so many kids!
“I hope the event will inspire many of them to get more involved in the sport and who knows, maybe one of them will join the England team as well!”
A wide variety of activities have been offered by York Sports Clubs for children to try their hand at including York City Hockey Club Hockey, York RI Netball Club Netball, Rugby League of the York City Knights Foundation, archery and orienteering. by sports leaders from the York School Sports Network.
An England team official said the event had the most energy of any he had seen at the Queen’s Baton Relay.
After leaving York, the relay continued its relay to Malton, Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby.
The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham begin on Thursday July 28.