People all over Scotland have heard this week that they will be carrying the Queen’s Baton for part of its 40 day journey through Scotland to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year. Two Argyll residents have been quoted on the Sport Scotland website:
Community batonbearer Linda Anderson-Kerr, 55, from Oban, has been nominated for her volunteering work with Distance Highland Befrienders, supporting people who live in remote and rural areas, and who experience mental health issues or have dementia.
She said: “When I found out I was to be a batonbearer I was quite overcome to be honest, it’s a great honour. The Queen’s Baton symbolises the coming together of Commonwealth Nations. My volunteering work is about community inclusiveness and trying to stop isolation, and so, on some level, it’s parallel to what the Queen’s Baton is all about. To be chosen is just amazing; it’s a bit of history I’m getting to be a wee part of.”
Schools batonbearer Robert Miller, 14, from Dunoon, (pictured above) was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age and the family was informed he would never be able to do sports. Despite also having a heart condition, these days Robert excels in many areas of sports, including athletics and football. He has medalled six times at the Scottish Disability Athletics Championships and trains monthly with the Scotland Football Association Development Squad.
He said: “I was quite surprised to hear I’d been selected as so many people got nominated. What I remember from those athletics competitions is getting to the finishing line and then waiting nervously until I heard I had won a medal! Sport really helps with my cerebral palsy, and makes my legs a lot stronger. I would say to other young people in similar situations to live their lives, to try the things they want to try, and not put their heads down.”