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Search for community champs to star in Aberdeen leg of Queen's Baton Relay
The search is on to find the folk who will carry the Queen's Baton through Aberdeen in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer.
The Queen's Baton will travel across the globe through the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth carrying a special message from Her Majesty the Queen over the next few months but the final lap of the Queen's Baton Relay will be a 40-day tour travelling the length and breadth of Scotland.
Before it departed on its 190,000km, 248-day international journey, the Queen's Baton was brought to Stirling to launch an appeal for nominations for the batonbearers who will carry it through the communities of Scotland in June and July next year before the opening ceremony in Glasgow on July 23, 2014.
Commonwealth Games Scotland and Glasgow 2014 need up to 4,000 special people to be the batonbearers given the honour of carrying this unique symbol of the Commonwealth Games towards its final destination.
Around 100 batonbearers will carry the baton each day, with the relay reaching more than 400 communities during its 40-day journey.
From June 14, 2014 and for the following 40 days, the Queen's Baton will travel to all parts of the nation, visiting every local authority area. The baton will travel through Aberdeen on Monday 30 June 2014 but the precise route has not yet been finalised.
The relay will reflect the important role sport plays in the community by visiting schools, sporting facilities and leisure centres and through a range of events and activities supported by the sportscotland Active Schools Network. The support is focused on encouraging communities to get behind Team Scotland, get involved with the Games and get more people participating in sport.
Until 22 November 2013, anyone can nominate their own local champions to be batonbearers, who are required to:
* be 12-years-old or older at the date of nomination;
* have made a positive contribution to the lives of others through community sport;
* have undertaken voluntary work or contributed to schools or youth organisations;
* have contributed towards greater inclusion for disadvantaged or marginalised sectors of the community;
* have been a role model or mentor to youth through sport;
* have displayed a level of individual achievement against the odds;
* have made a significant contribution to their local community.
Nominations can be made online on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games website at www.glasgow2014.com.
A judging panel including representatives from a wide cross-section of Scottish community organisations will help select the successful nominations for each local authority area.
Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman Michael Cavanagh said: "The Queen's Baton Relay is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games and its arrival in Scotland gives an important signal to both the athletes and the public that the Games are just around the corner. The baton's journey through the country is the ideal opportunity to celebrate community sport and recognise those local athletes selected for Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014."