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Rallying call to line Queen's Baton relay route

A rallying call has gone out for Swansea people to line the route of the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton relay next week.

Queen's baton relay

Swansea will be the first stop in Wales for the baton relay when it arrives in the city on Tuesday September 5.

The three-hour Swansea leg of the relay will start at Knab Rock in Mumbles at about 7.30am before travelling along the promenade to the National Waterfront Museum for about 10.30am.

With sporting celebrities including former Wales rugby captain Ryan Jones, rising tennis star Kimberly Mpukusa, boxer Enzo Maccarinelli and Swans legend Alan Curtis taking part, Swansea Council is encouraging as many local people as possible to cheer on the city's baton bearers.

The Mumbles Lifeboat RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) will deliver the Queen's Baton by sea to Knab Rock where it will be received by Cllr Philip Downing, Lord Mayor of Swansea, and former Great Britain hockey captain Anne Ellis. 

Cllr Downing said: "Swansea has a proud tradition of taking part in events of this kind. As Wales' only Premier League city and one that's been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021 title, it's appropriate that Swansea should be the first Welsh stop for the Queen's Baton relay as it makes its way towards Australia next year for the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.

"With so many of our local heroes taking part in the baton relay here in Swansea, this is a great chance for local people to line the route, cheer on the baton bearers and mark another great sporting event for our city.

"This is a terrific way for Swansea people to feel part of celebrations across the commonwealth as we continue the countdown to one of the best sporting events in the world. We are delighted that Swansea is hosting the first Welsh leg of this event."

The baton relay in Swansea will be split into 11 legs, with other baton bearers to include Paralympians Aaron Moores, David Smith and Chloe Davies. 

Former Olympic judo competitor Andrew Burt, ex-Swans player Lee Trundle and Swans captain Leon Britton will also be taking part. 

Other baton bearers will include rising local athletics stars Josh Griffiths and Osaze Aghedo, gymnast Holly Jones, as well as Matthew Rees, a Swansea Harrier who sacrificed his own time at the London Marathon earlier this year to help an injured runner over the finish line. 

Locations for baton changes along the Swansea route will include Mumbles Square, West Cross, Blackpill, the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre, and the Civic Centre.

Visit www.enjoyswanseabay.com for more information, including an interactive route map and a full list of baton bearers. 


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