Swans captain Leon Britton, boxer Enzo Maccarinelli and mixed martial artist Brett Johns are among the local stars who will carry the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton when it passes through Swansea next month.
Swansea will be the first stop in Wales for the baton relay when it arrives in the city on Tuesday September 5.
The relay, which started last year, is seeing the Queen’s Baton travel on a journey to more than one third of the world’s population, covering 230,000km in 388 days.
Swansea Council is supporting the three-hour Swansea leg of the relay, which will start at Knab Rock in Mumbles at about 7.30am before travelling along the promenade to the National Waterfront Museum for about 10.30am.
The Swansea section of the worldwide relay will be broken up into 12 legs, with other stars taking part including Swans legend Alan Curtis, former Wales rugby captain Ryan Jones, former Great Britain hockey captain Anne Ellis, and tennis player Kimberly Mpukusa.
The Mumbles Lifeboat RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) will deliver the Queen’s Baton to a representative of Swansea Council at Knab Rock by boat.
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: “As a proud Premier League city of sport and one that’s been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021 title, it’s fitting that Swansea will be the first Welsh location to feature in the baton relay. As a council, one of our objectives is to encourage as many people as possible across the city to make sport and physical activity an important part of their lives, so we hope the arrival of the Queen’s Baton here will inspire even more people than ever before to reap the rewards of taking part in regular sport and exercise.
“This starting leg of the relay is a great coup for Swansea and a great opportunity and honour for those taking part. We really want to encourage local people to come out and line the route of the relay in Swansea, support our baton carriers and become part of the celebrations across the Commonwealth as we build up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.
“Many of the athletes currently competing at the World Athletics Championships in London will be among those participating in Australia, so it will be an exciting event that the people of Swansea as a whole can enjoy.”
Locations for baton changes along the Swansea route include Southend Gardens, West Cross, Blackpill, the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre, and the Civic Centre.
Paralympic swimming gold medallist Aaron Moores and former Swans star Lee Trundle will be among the other baton carriers in Swansea.
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