The names of the Pembrokeshire young people who will take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay when it comes to St Davids in May ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, have been announced.
The 15 baton bearers are all past or present Sporting Ambassadors from the St Davids Family of Schools. Their ages range from 10 to 19 and includes two sisters.
The pupils have been chosen because they have worked hard as advocates of sport and physical activity within their respective schools, inspiring their peers to take part in sport on a regular basis.
The public will be able to view the baton in St Davids on the morning of Wednesday, 28th May, during its Pembrokeshire leg of the journey.
The baton will be touching down at Cardiff Airport on 24th May at the start of a seven day journey around the Principality en route to Scotland.
In St Davids, the Queen’s Baton Relay will make its way from the Bishops Palace through the Cathedral grounds where it will be received and blessed by the Bishop of St Davids, The Right Reverend Wyn Evans.
After being carried through the Cathedral, the baton will then make its way to the main square in St Davids.
Here it will be received by local dignitaries before proceeding to Ysgol Dewi Sant via Oriel y Parc.
The celebrations will culminate in a multi-sports event for children and young people at St Davids Leisure Centre.
Pembrokeshire County Councillor Elwyn Morse, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, has said the visit of the relay is a great honour for the County.
“While the Queen’s Baton Relay is in Pembrokeshire, it will mean that the media spotlight will be on the County” he added.
“I am sure it’s presence will generate a great deal of excitement and galvanise support for Welsh athletes at the Commonwealth Games.”
Chris Jenkins, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, explained: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a chance for the whole nation to get behind the team of athletes set to compete for Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games just two months later, and it really is an invitation to join us on our journey.”
The Queen’s Baton Relay Bearers in St Davids on Wednesday, 28th May, will be:
Ben Sutton, aged 19 of St Davids
A gold ambassador for Pembrokeshire for over two years, Ben has contributed hugely to school sport and PE at Ysgol Dewi Sant, both as a facilitator and a performer. He regularly visited primary schools in the area, led school assemblies and organised and delivered training for the bronze ambassadors in the school.
While dedicating his time to introducing a sports council, organising the annual inter-house athletics championships and rounders day and contributing to his school achieving the Active Mark accreditation, Ben also represented England in clay shooting, as well as competing for Pembrokeshire, Dyfed and West Wales at athletics and cross country and several other sporting events. He is a student at Bath University.
Steph Harris, 19, Portfield Gate
Steph has had a huge impact on school sport and PE at Ysgol Dewi Sant; she has left a long standing legacy. A major contributor, motivator and deliverer within the school’s 5x60 programme at all levels, Steph helped to establish a school sports council, assisting with the organisation of sporting events and activities.
A keen sportswoman herself, Steph captained the Wales A team to gold in the Rugby 7s last summer at the British School Games. She has also played for Scarlets rugby and has represented West Wales at netball and athletics, having also achieved regional representation in gymnastics. She has recently been invited to train with the Senior Welsh women’s rugby development squad in Cardiff and is a student at Bath University.
Rhian Perry, 18, Solva
During her time at Ysgol Dewi Sant, Rhian was integral in the organisation and delivery of all school sports events, from lunchtime netball and dodgeball competitions to whole school events such as the inter-house cross country, rounders and sports day. Giving up her time to encourage her peers to get involved in sport, Rhian juggled her voluntary work with her school work and commitments outside of school such as playing county hockey and representing the Scarlets. She is in her first year at Swansea Metropolitan.
Alys Perry, 15 Solva
Alys – Rhian’s sister - is a gold ambassador at Ysgol Dewi Sant and contributes hugely to the school sport and 5x60 programmes, whether through representing the school or helping the PE department deliver activities. Alys has recently organised an assembly on the Commonwealth Games and the Queen’s Baton Relay and also plays county hockey, plays for hockey for Fishguard and rugby for Haverfordwest.
Emily Beacroft, 16 Penycwm
Emily plays rugby for Haverfordwest Ladies RFC and loves the outdoors. She is a silver ambassador at her school and spends her time organising sporting opportunities for her peers. She helps deliver sessions at local primary schools and regularly aids the PE department in the delivery of lessons.
Gethin Rowlands, 17, Simpson Cross
Gethin is a self-confessed fitness fanatic and never misses the ‘Killer Fitness’ classes that are run every week at his school. When not in lessons, Gethin can normally be found in the fitness suite. Over the years he has represented the school as rugby, athletics, cross-country and football and is also a keen surfer.
Chloe Brown, 17, Haverfordwest
Chloe loves nothing more than scaling the Pembrokeshire cliffs with her mum and she has been a member of the Pembrokeshire Climbing Club for several years. Currently studying for her A Levels, including PE, Chloe Is a silver ambassador and dedicates a lot of her spare time to improving the school sport and PE programme at the school.
Cameron Thomas, 11, St Davids
Cameron is a talented footballer and keen all-round sportsman. He is very driven and keen to constantly improve and was chosen as a bronze ambassador to help inspire his fellow school pupils.
Holly Davies, 11 St Davids
Holly is a pupil at Ysgol Bro Dewi and is a bronze ambassador because of her enthusiasm towards all aspects of learning and her ability to promote the things she believes in. She is a keen netball player and enjoys a variety of sports.
Dafydd Cotton, 11, St Davids
Dafydd has represented his school on a number of occasions, playing a variety of different sports. His favourite is rugby and he plays for his local team, St David’s, at scrum half. He regularly attends after school clubs where he encourages other pupils to develop their sports skills.
Mary Raymond, 11, Croesgoch
Mary has played rugby for St David’s Saints for the last three years and dreams of playing for Wales one day. She has represented her school on a number of occasions and is eager to be chosen for this year’s school cricket team. She regularly attends after school sports clubs and helps organise activities at break times.
Kieran Owen, 10, Roch
Kieran is a keen sportsman and excels at running. He began running with the Harriers when he was nine and is working hard to improve all the time. He dreams of competing at the Olympic Games. Kieran is a sports ambassador for his school and regularly volunteers, even when it means cleaning out the sports cupboard!
Luke Lewis, 11, Roch
A pupil at Roch Primary School, Luke started swimming when he was five years old in Milford Haven and dreams of winning Olympic gold in the pool. He has already entered many galas all around the country and has represented his school many times in not just swimming but football and kwik cricket too.
Chloe Price, 11, Solva
A lover of all sports, Chloe specifically enjoys walking, swimming and cycling and loves being part of a team and playing rugby, football and netball. Outside of sport Chloe is also into painting, singing and dancing and is an enthusiastic bronze ambassador working hard to get her peers excited about the Commonwealth Games and leading a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Tomas Dufton, 11 Solva
Tomas is a pupil at Ysgol Solfach and enjoys playing football, cricket and netball. Tomas is a bronze ambassador for the school and collaborates to present whole school assemblies encouraging the children to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.