Birmingham will welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay on Monday 2 June with the chance to participate in Commonwealth sports as the baton travels around the city with the batonbearers.
At 8.30am the baton will be in Victoria Square, followed by visits to Sunset Park in Ladywood, Holders Lane playing fields in Moseley, Ward End Park and ending in Centenary Square at 6.15pm. In each of the venues there will be a chance to watch demonstrations of sports, join in or meet the athletes. The Lord Mayor will be in attendance throughout the day.
Lord Mayor of Birmingham in attendance throughout the day
Victoria Square 7am – 9am
Table Tennis tables
Badminton Road Show
Former Commonwealth Games Swimming champion Adam Ruckwood will carry the Baton down the Council House steps into Victoria Square to be welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, local soldiers and members of the public.
Fellow batonbearer Pritesh Pattni will also be in attendance and there will be a photo opportunity with the Chair of the Birmingham Commonwealth Association.
Team England Table Tennis players Kelly Sibley and Sam Walker will join members of the public as they try out table tennis and badminton in Victoria Square (from 7.30am).
9.45am Baton bearer Pritesh Pattni will walk the baton to Sunset Park where children will be playing a range of sports. Fellow batonbearer Adam Ruckwood will also be there.
Sunset Park 10.30am – 11.30am
Children from Perry Beeches II/III School
Activities – Capoeira and dance fitness – Display
Circus skills workshop
Holders Lane 12.45pm – 1.45pm
Laura Samuel brings baton into park.
Olympic Bronze medalist Jane Sixsmith coaches a hockey session. Double Commonwealth Gold Medalist Archer, Nicky Hunt, will join the baton from Holders Lane through to the evening.
Children from Fox Hollies Special School
Ward End Park 2.15pm – 3.15pm
Mimi Cesar brings the baton into the park with fellow batonbearer Jess Edwards in attendance.
Netball in MUGA
Cycling – Sustrans
Centenary Square 4pm – 7pm
London 2012 Paralympic Gold medalist wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft will join the public trying sports in Centenary Square outside the library of Birmingham.
Range of sports in the square.
Sportsfest with demonstrations and showcase:
Athletics , badminton, boxing, BMX – gymnastics, hockey, Judo
Bowls, netball, rugby sevens, squash, table tennis, wrestling.
National Express Coach parked outside the House of Sport – photo opportunity for Batonbearers.
Civic Reception, Birmingham Library 5.30pm – 7.30pm
6pm Speeches outside the Library
Lord Mayor of Birmingham
Sir Andrew Foster, CGE
Peter Coates, Managing Director – National Express West Midlands
Joanne Skelts, Birmingham Poet Laureate to read poem
Laura Samuel to bring the baton in to the square
All batonbearers will be present
7pm Baton leaves
Media accreditation will be required to ensure access to all of the day’s media opportunities.
To register for media accreditation please email firstname.lastname@example.org mobile – 07825171810
For further media information contact Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476
Notes to Editors
The XX Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow from 23 July to 3 August. Commonwealth Games England is sending a 400-strong team to compete across the 17 sports.
Mimi Isabella Cesar
Mimi Isabella Cesar, 19, is one of Britain’s top three senior GB International rhythmic gymnasts and has been a member of the City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club since the age of eight. Mimi was a successful junior at British and international level before moving to the senior ranks.
The teenager from Erdington, passed her A-levels last summer and is currently taking a year out of education to train full time. After a difficult 2013, having being plagued with injuries, she is fighting back and hoping to make the Commonwealth team this summer before going to university.
Mimi returned to international competition for Great Britain in Hungary in February. She trains at GMAC with Olympic coach Lisa Higgins.
Jess Edwards, 19, has contributed hundreds of hours of both volunteering and participating in the Active Parks pilot at Walkers Heath Park which is designed to encourage and inspire communities to use their parks to get active. She has also assisted the team at Sunset/ Moonlit and Holders Lane Fields pilot parks.
In addition Jess has trained as an Assistant Ride Leader and has helped with the SPORTIVATE Girl’s cycling project as part of Sport England’s London 2012 legacy project which gives more young people the chance to discover a sport.
Pritesh Pattni has been a sports volunteer for over 25 years and runs the Bidgley Power Badminton Club in Aston. He is also involved in developing new ways of engaging underprivileged and diverse local communities and young people.
From extremely popular women and girls’ sessions, to driving a new disability club in the city centre, he is always searching to find ways to overcome the barriers that are associated with taking up new opportunities.
Pritesh works tirelessly to support his community and, despite his business suffering several attacks during the disturbances in Birmingham, he is still finding the time to continue the work he is doing.
Adam Ruckwood swam for Great Britain at three Olympic Games in 1992, 1996 and 2000. He won numerous medals at international level including gold, silver and bronze medals at Commonwealth Games, silver and bronze medals at European Championships and was a five-time World Championship finalist.
Adam has coached swimmers to medal winning performances at European Championships, Commonwealth Games, World Student Games, World Junior Championships, European Junior Championships, European Youth Olympics and World Schools Games. He has also coached numerous other internationals, national senior and junior champions and British Record Holders.
Laura Samuel is a three times senior British triple jump champion, and has recently added the Indoor title to that list.
Dominating her event from a junior, Laura went on to break the British under 20 record at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Canada, jumping 13.75m. The performance also put her 7th in the UK all-time list – 1.41m behind fellow Stag Ashia Hansen.
She trains at Birchfield Harriers where she is coached by former international triple jumper Aston Moore. With his guidance Laura is well on track to progress even further in her event.
Commonwealth Games England
Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We are affiliated to the Commonwealth Games Federation and work closely with the various sports’ National Governing Bodies (NGBs), funding partners such as Sport England, our commercial sponsors and Organising Committees. Our purpose is to help develop athletes and their sports, and to achieve success at Games-time.