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Queen’s Baton Relay visits Stoke Mandeville Stadium as part of tour of England

The Queen’s Baton today visited Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Buckinghamshire, as it continued its tour of England ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth and Paralympic champion Ollie Hynd, MBE, supported an open sports day, held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, which saw a variety of para and able bodied ‘come and try’ sessions, such as wheelchair rugby, tennis and water polo.

The Baton was parachuted into England on Wednesday morning in Oxford, and has already visited London before heading to Buckinghamshire.

Commonwealth swimming champion Ollie Hynd said:

“It’s fantastic to be here at Stoke Mandeville here today, seeing the facilities and showing the baton to the kids along here, getting them excited and involved in sport ahead of the Commonwealth Games next year.

“It’s not long now until the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and it’s great to see everything, and everyone, coming together with the Baton.

“I was lucky enough to go to Glasgow, which was a wonderful experience with such a high level of sport and the opportunity to be in that athlete environment with all the different sports – para and able bodied – was fantastic. And I am looking forward to hopefully experience that next year, it will be really special.”

Louise Martin, President Commonwealth Games Federation said:

“We have had a great morning at Stoke Mandeville, where para sport is clearly so important. The Commonwealth Games is the only multi-sport event where para sport is fully integrated into the sports programme and medal table.

To have Ollie Hynd welcome the baton here today has been wonderful, and to see so many young people getting involved in sport is brilliant to see.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls for athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

Following the trip to Stoke Mandeville, the Queen’s Baton Relay will continue its tour of England by heading to the Lawn Bowls National Championships in Leamington Spa on Thursday afternoon.

Friday 18 August will see the Baton heading to Manchester, stopping at Old Trafford Cricket Stadium for the Lancashire Lightning V Birmingham Bears T20 Blast fixture.

On Saturday 19 August and Sunday 20 August, the Baton will be visiting England’s 2022 Commonwealth Games prospective bid cities Liverpool and Birmingham.