Nominate a community champion to be a Commonwealth batonbearer

Aamir Mehmood, Clyde, Julie McElroy and Izzy Conway carry the Queen's Baton
Aamir Mehmood, Clyde, Julie McElroy and Izzy Conway carry the Queen's Baton

Community champions from Brechin are being urged celebrate the Commonwealth Games by taking part in next year’s Queen’s Baton Relay.

Up to 4,000 inspirational people - those who make a difference to their communities - are needed to carry to baton on its 40-day journey through Scotland next year.

Brechiners only have until November 22 to nominate their local champions to be batonbearers, for what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

To become a batonbearer people need to be aged 12 years or older on the date of nomination and have made a positive contribution to the lives of others through community sport.

They are also required to hve undertaken voluntary work, or contributed to schools or youth organisations and contributed towards a greater inclusion got disadvantaged or marginalised sectors of the community,

Nominees also require to have been a role model, or mentor, to youth through sport, have diaplyed a level of achievement against the odds and have made a significant contribution to their local community.

The baton, holding Her Majesty The Queen’s Message to the athletes, will cross continents, terrain and time zones. Once it has completed it journey through the Commonwealth the baton will return to the UK and will start its 40-day tour of Scotland in Edinburgh on June 14.

The chair of the Angus Steering Group for the XX Commonwealth Games, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “This search is a great opportunity to showcase the best of our communities in Angus.

“We all know local heroes who work tirelessly and often with little recognition.

“Now is your chance to nominate these inspiration people from all across Angus for this once in a lifetime opportunity and I would like to encourage as many people as possible to nominate their local champion.”

Visit to nominate a family member, friend or someone you know for a position as a community batonbearer – or you can even apply yourself.