Commonwealth Games baton bearers announced

Elaine Pardoe
Elaine Pardoe

Successful nominees to fly the flag for Angus and carry the Commonwealth Games baton during Her Majesty The Queen’s Baton Relay were announced on Tuesday.

The triumphant baton bearers had to meet certain criteria such as demonstrating a positive contribution to the lives of others through community sport, to be in the running for the honour.

Selected from each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities the individuals were chosen by representatives from a range of sporting organisations.

Support for learning teacher Elaine Pardoe, from Carnoustie, was nominated for voluntary services to the local community and fund-raising.

“In 2009 I set up the Carnoustie Jogscotland group, which is a running and jogging group for ladies, and I have been running ever since. The group is run on a completely voluntary basis and is free for all members.”

Ms Pardoe also organises the Carnoustie Sport Relief Mile and has run several marathons to raise money for local charity.

A number of the expectant nominees were sent a blank email in error on Monday morning.

“I received a blank email from the Glasgow 2014 organisers and kept checking my emails throughout the day to see if the correct email had arrived. In the evening I received an email saying I would be a baton bearer.”

Convener of the Angus Games Steering Group Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “Congratulations to all the local athletes and community champions who will be carrying the baton.”

Other successful Angus nominees include Kirsten Cameron from Inverkeilor who has raised funds for Crohn’s Disease after being diagnosed with the disease herself in August 2012.

Her mystery nomination was a complete surprise and mother Alison said: “Kirsten doesn’t know how or why she was nominated. If someone would just come along and say ‘it was us,’ that would be great.”

Kailin Brannigan, an S4 pupil at Arbroath High School has also been chosen as a baton bearer.