Olympic diving bronze medallist Tom Daley is set to welcome the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton on Sunday (May 11) as it arrives in Jersey for the first stop on its tour of Britain as the countdown to the Games begins to really heat up.
Daley, a Glasgow 2014 ambassador, will be joined by Jersey native and shot-putter Zane Duquemin and both will carry the Queen's Baton into the historic harbour of St Aubin where hundreds of young athletes are set to welcome them in a public ceremony before the two-day relay starts off on the island the following day.
The Queen's Baton is currently in Malta and is due to visit Gibraltar before making its way up to Jersey on the south coast of Britain.
Organisers are inviting the public to come along to St Aubin's Harbour in time for the event kick off at 5.45pm, to share the excitement and celebration of the Baton's homecoming.
The programme includes the opportunity to meet Jersey's past and future athletes and witness the arrival of the Queen's Baton.
"I was so honoured to be asked to carry the Queen's Baton as it arrives back on British soil," said 19-year-old Daley, who will be competing in the diving competition at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and looking to defend both his tiles from Delhi 2010.
"I've followed the Baton's journey around the world since it began last October, so it's very exciting to be in Jersey as it begins the Home Nations leg.
"This is the time for everyone to get behind their Home Teams as the baton's arrival reminds us that the Games are just around the corner."
From Jersey, the Queen's Baton Relay will pass through Guernsey, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Wales and England over the following 32 days before arriving in Edinburgh on June 14.
From there it is set to visit more than 400 communities in 40 days across Scotland before completing its 288-day 118,000 mile global trek through all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth by arriving at Celtic Park for the Opening Ceremony on July 23.
The Baton began its journey at Buckingham Palace last October and a special message from the Queen will be read out at the Opening Ceremony before the Games are officially declared open.
"We are honoured, as the southern-most Commonwealth Games Association territory in Britain, to be entrusted with the Queen's Baton as it commences its final leg of the relay en route to Scotland and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games," said President of Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey Alan Cross.
"We are particularly excited that the Baton will be accompanied to our island by the Chairman of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Lord Smith of Kelvin, our Commonwealth Games Federation European vice-President, Chris Jenkins, and Glasgow 2014 Ambassador, Tom Daley.
"They will all be made most welcome."
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