July 24 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Nine children have been selected to accompany the Queen’s Commonwealth Games baton as it arrives in Ipswich.
The five to 11-year-olds will run with penultimate baton bearer, 80-year-old fitness enthusiast Ken Webb, as he brings the baton into Christchurch Park next Monday.
The children were picked after their schools were chosen at random from more than 100 that entered a competition.
Running from All Saints Primary School in Laxfield will be nine-year-old Poric Niekirk, eight-year-old Freya Flack and seven-year-old Arlo Payne.
George Norman, aged 10, Freya McCurdy-Kenny, aged 11 and Mark Matthews, aged 10 will be running from St Mary’s Primary School in Lowestoft.
From Easton Primary School Bea Robinson, 11, Daniel Bailey, nine, and Etty Hayward, five, were chosen to take part.
Speaking ahead of the big day, Etty said: “I am a bit nervous but I’m excited about meeting famous people.”
Bea added: “I feel honoured to be part of this event and I’m looking forward to meeting the Olympians and Paralympians.”
Daniel said: “I’m really excited about it as it’s such a surprise. I also really like running!”
Freya added: “I am extremely excited to be chosen - it will be amazing.”
Adam Baker, Suffolk County Council’s Queen’s Baton Relay programme manager, said: “These lucky children are going to have one of the most powerful and memorable experiences of their lives – playing a key part in a major public celebration in their home county.”
Three children from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) will also join Mr Webb as he brings the Baton into Christchurch Park.
Also carrying the baton on the day will be boxer Anthony Ogogo, handball player Louise Jukes, race walking gold medallist Ron Wallwork, England U19 cricketer Elizabeth Reynolds and London 2012 Paralympic power lifting bronze medalist Zoe Newson.