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Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay - Tuesday 27th May PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 14:37

Carmarthen welcomed the Commonwealth Games Queen's Relay Baton on Tuesday May 27th. After spending the day in the Urdd Eisteddfod at Bala on the Monday, the baton travelled south to Carmarthenshire. It started at 8am in Laugharne, before visiting Carmarthen Leisure Centre, Ammanford and Llanelli. The baton returned to Carmarthen Town Centre in the evening for celebrations.

Click on the links below to look at a selection of images from the baton's visit to Carmarthen Leisure Centre and the Triathlon on Tuesday morning.

The Queen's Commonwealth Baton Triathlon was also held. This gave young athletes aged between 8-14 to have a go at Triathlon. All competitors received a medal, water and chocolate as they crossed the finish line which was based in the middle of the Carmarthen Harriers track.

After arriving in Wales at Cardiff Airport on Saturday, May 24, the baton will travel across the country, engaging with communities and building support for Welsh athletes set to travel to Glasgow just two months later, reaching its final destination of Llandegla on Friday May 30. The baton will be handed over to England on Saturday May 31.

Some of the relay baton bearers included our very own: Stephen Perks and Hedydd Davies
  • Hedydd Davies, Carrier of the Commonwealth baton in 1958 and 2002 from Carmarthen
Former athlete, Heydydd from Carmarthen has a long relationship with the Commonwealth Games after carrying the baton at the first Queen’s Baton Relay in 1958, competing in the marathon at the Edinburgh games in 1970 and carrying the baton again during the 2002 relay.
Awarded an MBE in 2007 for his services to athletics, the 73 year-old represented Wales on 30 occasions over more than twenty years, claiming nine Welsh senior championships, including four marathon titles.
  • Stephen Perks: Former athletics head coach from Carmarthen
Originally from Llanelli but now living in Carmarthen, Steve Perks became the Welsh National Coach for sprints and relays in 1990 and moved on to be the Head Coach for the athletics team at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada. At the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, Stephen coached the GB and NI 4x100m Men’s Relay Team of Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis to the gold medal.