Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

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

09:07 02 June 2014

Great Britain

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.

shares

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.

shares

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

Paul Heiney filming for Secret Rivers in his Candaian-style canoe that has been stolen

Broadcaster Paul Heiney has made an appeal for thieves who stole one of his favourite boats from a Suffolk harbour to have a conscience and return it.

Woman arrested over Leiston stabbings

A 27-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of two men in Leiston yesterday.

Trudi Nicholls of Fork Rent

With almost 30 years’ business experience in Suffolk, Trudi Nicholls comes across as a strong, confident businesswoman.

Stage 5 of the Womens Tour passes through Onehouse on their way to Bury St Edmunds last year

Schoolchildren will also be involved in an evening of activities in Bury St Edmunds ahead of the start of a major women’s cycling event.

Konrad Kantorowski flips from the wheel while coach John Colles looks on.

Heading down to the Kesgrave Sports Hall on a weeknight, you would probably be forgiven for expecting to find clubs practising regular sports. But sharing hall space with the local badminton team on a Thursday evening is a rather more unexpected gathering.

Photo issued by the National Crime Agency of fugitive Paul Monk, who featured on the UK's most wanted list on suspicion of drug trafficking, who has been captured in Alicante.

A fugitive on the UK’s most wanted list allegedly linked to a Colchester drugs haul has been arrested in Spain.

Stabbing in Farrow Close Leiston

Police are still piecing together two incidents in Leiston last night in which a 16-year-old boy and a man were both stabbed.

Abbie Hunter

As the sun blazes down to raise temperatures to the mid 20s, I am thinking about sport., says Abbie Hunter.

Cavendish.

“True democracy” is coming to a west Suffolk parish after 42 years, with villagers set to decide the Cavendish ward’s first ever contested St Edmundsbury Borough election.

Police are searching for Jai Stead

Police are searching for a man wanted on suspicion of robbery and failing to appear in court.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages