Assurance given to helpers

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Angus South MSP Graeme Dey and Councillor Jeanette Gaul, who is overseeing Angus Councils’ preparations for Barry Buddon hosting the Commonwealth Games shooting event, have both welcomed commitments made by Sports Minister Shona Robison over issues the pair had raised with her concerning aspects of Glasgow 2014, pertaining to the local area.

The local MSP had, on behalf of Councillor Gaul and Angus Council, sought assurances over those local people chosen to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay being able to do so in Angus and locally based volunteers, who wanted to assist in delivering the Games close to home, having that opportunity.

Ms Robison has revealed that the Organising Committee of Glasgow 2014 is seeking to ensure that as high a proportion of baton-carriers as possible are able to discharge their duties in their local area and given an undertaking that wherever possible volunteering preferences regarding location will be taken into account.

Mr Dey said: “A consistent feedback theme from the Olympic Torch Relay, not just in Angus but throughout Scotland, was that all too often torchbearers weren’t carrying the torch in their own areas.

“So I am delighted that this has been taken on board by Glasgow 2014 and that, accepting there will be operational constraints which make it impossible to satisfy all such requests, every effort is to be made to ensure family and friends of Baton carriers are afforded the best possible chance to see them taking part.”

Councillor Gaul commented: “I am pleased that the Minister has indicated that wherever possible location preferences will be taken into account, albeit it may not be possible to grant every such response.”