Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Suffolk: Sporting champions Beth Tweddle, Claire Harvey and Rachel Latham head to county for Games relay

PUBLISHED: 09:07 02 June 2014

Great Britain's Beth Tweddle celebrates with her Bronze medal in 2012. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

Great Britain's Beth Tweddle celebrates with her Bronze medal in 2012. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

A trio of stars from international athletics will join six Suffolk sporting heroes as the Queen’s Baton visits the county.

With a week to go until the Commonwealth Games relay reaches our region, organisers have revealed the three ambassadors who will attend special sporting events along the route.

Olympic bronze medal gymnast Beth Tweddle will accompany record-holding Paralympic swimmer Rachael Latham and London 2012 women’s sitting volleyball captain Claire Harvey for the celebrations next Monday.​

Suffolk is the only county in East Anglia to host the baton on its tour of England before crossing the border to Scotland at the end of June.

It will start in Lowestoft before moving to Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, finishing the day in Ipswich.

The three athletes will attend events for young people at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre and Northgate Sports Centre - with Tweddle and Latham joining the grand finale in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park in the evening.

Six of Suffolk’s sporting stars, including boxer Anthony Ogogo and handballer Louise Jukes, have been selected as baton bearers for the day.

Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council’s health chief, encouraged to join in the celebration and get behind our athletes as they make their way to Glasgow for the Games. He said: “Anticipation is really beginning to build as we get closer and closer to Queen’s Baton arriving here so it is with genuine excitement that we are announcing that Beth, Racheal and Claire will be joining Suffolk’s celebrations.”

The Queen’s Baton will cover some 120 miles and be seen by an estimated 10,000 people as it visits Suffolk.

A free community and school run will be led along Lowestoft seafront by Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo.

Hundreds of Newmarket schoolchildren will then join in a mass participation sporting event as the baton is carried by jockey Ryan Moore.

In Bury St Edmunds, an athletics competition will be held for up to 400 disabled and non-disabled children.

More competitions are planned for 700 Ipswich youngsters at Northgate Sports Centre.

The finale takes place with a free event in Christchurch Park, involving pyrotechnics, music, a sports village and a mass run around the park using coloured powder to create a visual spectacle.

The 20th Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3.

1 comment

  • What has this report to do with athletics?

    Report this comment

    Hammer99

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Award-winning comedian Jimmy Carr is returning to Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion next month to perform the show he gave a sneak preview of a year ago.

A host of cigarettes were stolen during a break-in at a newsagents in Needham Market in the early hours of Friday morning.

This weekend sees the tapes go up on another season of speedway at Foxhall Stadium.

A restaurateur has been disqualified from driving for 18 months after being caught speeding 10 times within six weeks, including eight times on the Orwell Bridge.

Four people in Ipswich have been arrested on suspicion of Class A drugs offences after flats in town were raided today.

Police investigating the disappearance of Corrie McKeague are “clearly” missing “detective skills”, according to a former senior detective, but Suffolk police have hit back at the claims.

Ambulance crews have been held-up caring for patients at hospital emergency departments in Suffolk and Essex for more than five hours at a time.

The chief executive of national charity Mind has said leaders need to “turn rhetoric into reality” in order to truly bridge the gap between physical and mental health services.

The winner of the Great Pottery Throw Down says he has no intentions of becoming “super famous” – and just wants to carry on enjoying ceramics.

There have been calls for common sense over a series of partial road closures around Stowmarket, which are causing congestion on several main roads.

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24