Day five: Southampton - We Are England
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04.06.2020 - 20.06.2020 Day five: Southampton
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The Queen’s Baton Relay will join in a free evening celebration in Guildhall Square from 5-7pm where the highlight of the show will be a spectacular high diving display by La Quebrada featuring Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Peter Waterfield.


The event will also offer members of the public a chance to try various sports including tennis, boxing, gymnastics, hockey, rowing ergos, handball shot challenge, hula hoops and instant ping table tennis. South Coast Sprints will also be on hand for competitive bike racers so come on down at get involved in the Queen's Baton relay action.


Iwan Thomas, the current 400m Commonwealth Games record Holder, and James Saunders, who was instrumental in setting up parkruns in the region, will start the day by welcoming the Baton Relay to Southampton on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth next week on Wednesday 4 June.


Throughout the day the baton will be visit a number of exciting events, organised by Southampton City Council. The Queen’s Baton will be carried by local community heroes who have been nominated for their contributions to sports, coaching, education and the community in Southampton.


The Queen’s Baton will continue its activity-packed day, arriving in Southampton Guildhall at 11am, where it will be welcomed by civic guests and members of the public at the annual Mayor Making Ceremony and Nick Chmarny who has worked tirelessly over the last 30 years to develop rowing in Southampton.


From there it is on to the TRYathlon event at the Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre, arriving at 1.50pm and staying for approximately 40 minutes. This event provides up to 600 local schoolchildren with an opportunity to try a variety of sports.


The Queens Baton will be carried by Richard Cartwright, who was selected as a baton bearer because of his commitment and drive in developing wheelchair rugby in the city and fellow baton bearer Chris Grainger, nominated due to her long service to volunteering and netball.


All six Queen’s Baton bearers will be on hand in Guildhall Square to show off the baton which will be carried onto the Jack FM stage by Annie Clewlow who has co-ordinated the world class diving programme for the last 14 years.


Dame Kelly Holmes, President of Commonwealth Games England, said: “I’m encouraging everyone in Southampton to get involved when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to the city.


"Southampton will be hosting an incredible celebration of sport on [4 June] and everyone can join in. If you can be there then please go and give sport a go, cheer your inspirational batonbearers and be part of the Team England send-off to Glasgow.”


Mike Harris, Head of Leisure and Culture at Southampton City Council said: “Southampton gets its chance to be a part of the exciting build up to the Commonwealth Games with this prestigious special event.


"We want to see as many people as possible dressing up in red and white in support of Team England and to welcome the Queen's Baton to the city.”


Before visiting Southampton Queens Baton has visited 68 of the 70 Commonwealth nations and will be en route to its final journey through Scotland to the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


The 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.