David Cameron to welcome Baton Relay to 10 Downing Street
NICOLA ADAMS AND MOLLY PATTISON NAMED AS BATONBEARERS FOR PM VISIT TODAY
Prime Minister David Cameron will welcome the Queen’s Baton to 10 Downing Street this afternoon as the relay concludes its London visit.
Prospective Team England boxer Nicola Adams will be joined in Westminster by young cycling volunteer Molly Pattison after the Baton visits the Festival of Sport at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Today's festivities represent day nine of the England leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay before it moves north and is eventually passed across to Scotland on Saturday June 14.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Molly and Nicola are both true sporting heroes - their sheer dedication and the huge inspiration they have provided for others to participate in sport is extraordinary.
“The baton relay gives the whole country and Commonwealth the chance to share in the excitement of the countdown to Glasgow 2014.
“And as the baton travels through London and the Olympic Park, it is a reminder of the huge capacity these world-class sporting events have to capture people’s imagination and how Glasgow 2014 will build on that legacy.”
Olympic champion Nicola Adams said: "I'm delighted to bear the Queen's Baton on June 8 in the build up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I'm looking forward to being part of such a great event and if selected, to represent Team England in Glasgow this summer."
Molly Pattison, 14, said: "I'm honoured to be a baton bearer. It's a great privilege and I'd be pleased if my story helps people discover a sport."
Before visiting London, the Queen’s Baton will have 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 XX Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August. Commonwealth Games England is sending a -strong team to compete across the 17 sports.