Day seven: Oxford - We Are England
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06.06.2020 - 03.07.2020 Day seven: Oxford
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OXFORD CITY COUNCIL NAMES LOCAL SPORTING HEROES AS BATONBEARERS ON DAY SEVEN OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES QUEEN’S BATON RELAY IN ENGLAND

 
The Queen’s Baton Relay will tour Oxford on Friday 6th June, visiting local landmarks and acting as the centrepiece for events happening to celebrate the countdown to Glasgow 2014.
 
The Batonbearers will carry the baton to a variety of events and activities to introduce the public to new sports, organised by Oxford City Council and a number of other key partners.
 
The baton will feature as part of the Cutteslowe Summer Festival; a fun filled community event that will be held on Friday 6 June in the beautiful Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park.
 
Launching at 3pm the first part of the event in Sunnymead Park will provide free ‘have-a-go’ sports sessions for people of all ages and abilities to try. There will also be a number of other fun and free activities for people to enjoy including; dance workshops and performances, art and crafts, music, great food and more!
 
The fun doesn’t stop there! Round up your family and friends and join us for a Zumbathon from 6.30pm. This is a perfect opportunity for everyone to get together and have a good time, so dig out your brightest clothes and come and dance the evening away to celebrate the countdown to the XX Commonwealth Games. 
 
Four Batonbearers have been selected by Oxford City Council in recognition of their contribution to sport and the community. The three confirmed Batonbearers are:
 
Ian Warland, age 50, from Sandhills, Athletics Club volunteer, official and secretary
Juliet Field, age 67, from Cutteslowe, Community volunteer
Jonny Pemberton, age 33, from Oxford, Sports volunteer and Ping! Maker 
Simon Price, 18, Ping! Maker and keen table tennis player
(*See notes to editors for biography)
 
Dame Kelly Holmes, President of Commonwealth Games England, said: “Our England Batonbearers are going to play a crucial part when the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in England on May 31st. 
 
“They have all been selected due to their passion for sport and the way in which they share this with their communities and look to get people involved and active. 
 
“I’m encouraging everyone in Oxford to get involved when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to your city – find out what event is taking place and if you can be there then please go and cheer on your batonbearers and be part of the Team England send-off to Glasgow!”
 
 
The baton will have visited 63 of 70 Commonwealth nations and territories when it arrives in the British Isles on Sunday 10 May. Landing in Jersey, the baton then journeys through Guernsey, Isle of Man, embarks on a four-day tour of Northern Ireland and then spends a week in Wales. It will arrive in England on 31 May to begin the penultimate leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Manchester, visiting 16 different locations en route to its final destination through Scotland and the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
 
The XX Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August. Commonwealth Games England is sending a 400-strong team to compete across the 17 sports.
 
The Queen’s Baton Relay in England is supported with National Lottery funding from Sport England.
 
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For more information, interview requests and details of media opportunities around the Queen’s Baton Relay please contact Anna Young at Run Communications: (M) 07799 064676 (E) anna.young@runcommunications.co.uk  
Notes to Editors
 
Juliet Field
Juliet has been an active trustee of the Cutteslowe Community Association for many years, supporting people in Cutteslowe to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Juliet has volunteered tirelessly to keep the Community Centre running, offering fun and accessible activities for local people.  Juliet is a dedicated supporter of Cherwell Gymnastics Club, working hard to promote the opportunities of the club who engage a large number of young people in gymnastics from across Oxford. She also helps at a local church, and gives a huge amount back to the local community in keeping the church hall up and running.  
 
Ian Warland
Ian became involved in Oxford City Athletic club in 1999 when his daughter started competing. He soon realised that he wanted to be more than just a supporting parent, so began volunteering at the club and attended courses to become a coach.  He is also now an official as well as membership secretary, organises competitions and is heavily involved in the maintenance of the club’s facilities.
Ian goes above and beyond to volunteer his time to help the club and this was recognised a few years ago when he won the Sport England South of England Volunteer of the Year.
 
Johnny Pemberton 
Johnny has dedicated his time and energies to sharing his passion for sport with others. He has volunteered with the Oxfordshire Mental Health Trust on their activity days and helped people discover the benefits of sport for mental health. He became a Ping! Maker in 2013 and volunteered over 5 weeks to bring a free Table Tennis Festival to Oxford and is currently studying a sports coaching course and working towards tennis coaching qualification so he can continue to bring sport into people's lives.
 
Simon Price
Simon is a keen table tennis player and has achieved a staggering amount of success playing the sport including winning a number of titles and qualifying for the Nationals in 2011. Simon shares his passion for table tennis by giving up his time each week to coach juniors at his local club. He was also a Ping! Maker for the Ping! Oxford project during the summer of 2013 and is a Youth Ambassador for the Get Batty project. Simon’s commitment to help others play table tennis is widely recognised and all of this is achieved whilst studying for his A-Levels.
 
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.