29 July, 2014

The Queen’s Baton

from Harry Waugh

In 2012 I think there was an Olympic Torch Relay article in Quo Vadis? which featured a few End-to-Enders who carried the Torch when it was relayed from Land's End to John o'Groats as part of the world's longest relay.

I was wondering if we were doing something similar with End-to-Enders who carried the Queens Baton for this year's Commonwealth Games? Once more I had the privilege and the honour to do just that as the Baton came through Dumfries and Galloway on the 19th June 2014. How many of us End-to-Enders have done both, or is it just me? I would be interested in finding out.

Left: Harry with the Olympic Torch in Cairnryan, June 2012
Middle and Right: Harry holding the Queen's Baton high for his stroll down the Leswalt High Road, Stranraer, June 2014

Editor's note:

Harry Waugh was 67 when he carried the Olympic flame through Cairnryan in 2012. Here is an excerpt from his nomination letter:
I met Harry in the local pool and although I have been a swimmer for years I had no idea that I had the potential he saw in me. He used his expertise to help me to train for 3 years to achieve an unbelievable goal: for my 50th birthday I swam from Ailsa Craig to Girvan beach which is about 11 miles but ended up being 17.5 miles due to adverse tides. Harry was beside me the whole way in a fishing boat.

Harry stood on the beach for hours in all weathers while I trained sending me signals and encouragement. In his sea kayak he was by my side as we tackled challenging training swims. I raised over £13,000 for Alzheimer Scotland by listening to his endless ideas about fundraising to which he is no stranger. Harry is a community activist and an inspirational athlete; he challenges himself and others to events and activities.

Last year he completed the 10 Tors challenge on Dartmoor as part of a team of men who were the first boys to tackle the challenge in their teens. Fearless and determined, Harry inspires me to be the best and to achieve what seems out of reach. He's a loyal and loving friend; I can't think of anyone more deserving to be part of the greatest sporting event in the world.
Congratulations to Harry for both of his relays - what a lovely event to be a part of! Were any others of our Members Bearers of the Queen's Baton this year?

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