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Day 15.  Saturday 28 June.

 

Now on its fifteenth day on its 4000km trek around every area of Scotland, The Queen’s Baton Relay today arrived in the rural county of Angus. Often remarked as the birthplace of Scotland, Angus was the scene of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, one of the most important documents in Scotland’s history, the declaration formally established Scotland as an independent state.

On a sunny Saturday Angus played host to another symbol of unity as The Queen’s Baton took a whistle-stop tour of the historic county. The relay began in Monifeith and visited a number of towns and historical sites including golfing stronghold Carnoustie, Arboath Abbey, East Haven, Forfar, Glamis Palace, Brechin and Montrose.

Over 100 deserving batonbearers had the once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Commonwealth baton through Angus.

One such individual was, James Houghton, an extremely-committed supporter of disability sports through his previous volunteer work as a table-tennis coach with Tayside Special Olympics, James also volunteers with Angus Disability Sports and is a member treasurer of the Tayside Special Olympics Executive Committee.

Another batonbearer involved in the county’s thriving sport scene was Duncan Reid. Duncan is an athlete with a learning disability who represents Tayside Special Olympics at Ten Pin Bowling. Duncan was the recipient of the Angus Sports Award for athletes with a disability in 2013.

In Brechin local girl, Dana Macfarlane carried the baton past cheering residents. Dana has made an outstanding contribution in encouraging other young people like herself to participate in sport in Brechin. She has successfully holds the role of Young Ambassador in Brechin High School and she actively works with many primary pupils to encourage them to take part in sport.

Angus Athletes joined the relay in the latter stages of the day, Scotland and GB Olympic hockey player Stephen Dick and bowling veteran Robert Provan brought the Queen’s Baton into Montrose where jubilant crowds cheered to conclude Angus’ day in the spotlight.

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Schedule

08.20Monifeith
09.10Carnoustie
10.40East Haven
11.25Arbroath
13.15Forfar
14.45Glamis
15.55Kirriemuir
17.45Brechin
18.25Montrose

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Featured batonbearers

Sarah is a resolute and competitive athlete with a learning disability who represents the charity Tayside Special Olympics at Ten Pin Bowling. She has competed in several National and European Games, and recently took home medals from the Special Olympic Summer Games in Bath. A charity abseil from the tower block at Dundee University is one of the few fundraising activities she has been involved in in order to raise money to send athletes from TSO to national and international competitions.

An extremely-committed supporter of disability sports through his previous volunteer work as a table-tennis coach with Tayside Special Olympics, Jim also volunteers with Angus Disability Sports and is a member treasurer of the Tayside Special Olympics Executive Committee. It’s a busy position which requires him to devote a huge amount of time, which he unconditionally has.

Dana has made an outstanding contribution in encouraging other young people like herself to participate in sport in Brechin and the local community. She has successfully held the role of Young Ambassador in Brechin High School for some time, and through it she actively worked with many primary pupils to encourage them to take part in sport.

An intensely-committed member of the Southesk Trefoil Guild in Brechin, Majorie has been involved in guiding for approximately 50 years. Over that time-frame she’s held positions such as Unit Leader, District Commissioner, Chairman of County Training Committee, Assistant County Commissioner and the Chairman of County Vice Presidents. She’s also a member of the Macmillan Cancer Support Group (Brechin Committee) for 18 years, ten of which were as Chairman.

In 2012 Alan founded the Angus Darts Academy, which now offers sporting services for over 100 young people aged eight and above. A successful international athlete in his own right, he now gives back to the younger generation, providing the dual aims of developing talent in the sport and offering a diversionary and positive community activity.

Over the past three years Kirsten has voluntarily dedicated all her free time into coaching football to children aged between three and 16 years old. Whilst coaching she was diagnosed with Crohns Disease, a bowel disease which has turned her life upside down, but undeterred and resolute she still coaches as normal. This year alone she raised £5500 for Crohns Disease by completing a sky-dive and organising a football tournament. 

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