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Gallery: Anthony Ogogo, Louise Jukes and Zoe Newson among Suffolk’s Commonwealth Games baton bearers

09:41 16 April 2014

Olympic handball player Lousie Jukes, who has been selected to run a leg of the Queen

Olympic handball player Lousie Jukes, who has been selected to run a leg of the Queen's Baton Relay in Suffolk on June 9.

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Six people from Suffolk have been selected as baton bearers in the Queen’s Baton Relay as the country counts down this year’s Commonwealth Games.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games and Queen’s Baton Relay

This year’s Games take place from July 23 to August 3 in Glasgow.

Along with athletics (which includes track, field and marathon) and aquatics (swimming and diving) there will be 15 sporting disciplines.

They include rugby sevens, squash and lawn bowls, which aren’t represented in the Olympic Games.

There are 10 core disciplines with the other seven selected by the host nation.

During the Games Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England compete as separate nations instead of as Team GB.

The Queen’s Baton Relay started on October 9, 2013 and was scheduled to take 288 days.

The baton is visiting Suffolk on June 9.

The relay covers 190,000km through 70 nations and territories.

They include the world’s second largest country, Canada, and the planet’s smallest republic, Nauru.

Those who are carrying it through Suffolk have been chosen because of their contribution to sport and the community.

They are Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo, Commonwealth Games race walker Ron Wallwork MBE, England under 19 cricketer Elizabeth Reynolds, Olympic handball player Louise Jukes, keep-fit enthusiast Ken Webb and Paralympic powerlifting Zoe Newson.

Lowestoft-raised Ogogo signed his first professional contract with Golden Boy Promotions after winning bronze at London 2012.

The 25-year-old said: “I am honoured to be the official baton bearer for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Lowestoft.

“I am looking forward to the events taking place on the seafront and hope that they can be an inspiration to local residents.”

Mr Wallwork, from Newmarket, won the first 20 mile race walk event in Jamaica in 1966.

“Whilst it is nearly half a century since I competed in the first of two Commonwealth Games I am delighted to be involved in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay,” he said.

Reynolds is currently studying biochemistry on a sports scholarship at Birmingham University.

The Essex Ladies player said: “I feel really honoured to be chosen as a baton bearer for the games and I hope I can inspire other girls to take up sport.”

Jukes played professionally for Danish handball team SK Aarhus after competing at the London Olympics.

She said: “I have been inspired by sporting events since as long as I can remember and so for my home town to have the opportunity to be part of the build up to the Commonwealth Games is amazing.”

Mr Webb has used Crown Pools regularly since it opened in 1984 to keep in shape.

The active 80-year-old said: “I’m honoured to be selected to carry the baton, it was a complete surprise and am really looking forward to the day.

“I just wish someone had spotted me as a sprinter when I was younger so that I could have competed in the Commonwealth Games.”

Newson was the youngest member of Team GB’s Paralympic powerlifitng squad when she won bronze in the London Games aged 20.

“As somebody who is very proud to say they have represented Team England at the Commonwealth Games it’s a great honour for me to be asked to carry the Baton as part of the Queens Baton Relay for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games,” she said.

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