Queen's Baton Relay: Marathon man targets 1500m at Glasgow 2014

  • 7 May 2014
Josh Cassidy, in wheelchair, holds the Queen's Baton.

Canadian wheelchair athlete Josh Cassidy completed the 2012 Boston Marathon in a staggering time of one hour, 18 minutes and 25 seconds, shaving two seconds off a world record that had stood for eight years.

But he was devastated after failing to win a medal at the London 2012 Paralympics and in 2013 made the headlines for the wrong reasons at the London Marathon, when he was involved in a collision with women's favourite Tiki Gelana.

I caught up with Josh as the Queen's Baton toured Toronto, curious about a statement on his website: "Paralympic or Olympic? Call it what you want. I'm an athlete."

I was interested to know why he felt it so important to say this.

"In the UK things are good now. Unfortunately everywhere else, Canada included, coverage isn't the same. People don't know what's going on with Paralympic sports. On one hand you get the same respect as an Olympian, but on the other, no one can really identify or associate with it, as they don't see it."

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Queen's Baton Relay: Belize's first Commonwealth triathlete

  • 1 May 2014

In 2013, 33-year-old Kent Gabourel was crowned winner of the Lionman, the biggest triathlon in Belize, and qualified for a place at Glasgow 2014.

His home, Ambergris Caye, is a small island 90 minutes by boat from Belize City.

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Queen's Baton Relay: 'Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle of my career'

  • 14 April 2014
Joe Chapman
Image caption Joe Chapman, with the Queen's Baton

At the age of 15, Joe Chapman from British Virgin Islands was the youngest ever squash player to compete at the Commonwealth Games..

Now 23, he has turned professional and is training hard for his third Games in Glasgow this summer.

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Queen's Baton Relay: Meet the father of sprinting sensation Zharnel Hughes

  • 9 April 2014
Howell Hughes

In the world of athletics, all eyes are on 18-year-old Zharnel Hughes.

A few weeks ago, he ran 10.12 seconds in the 100m of the prestigious Jamaican Inter-Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Athletics Championships - beating a record held by sprinting superstar Yohan Blake.

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Queen's Baton Relay: Saint Kitts and Nevis to make table tennis debut in Glasgow

  • 3 April 2014
Saint Kitts and Nevis table tennis team
Image caption Saint Kitts and Nevis table tennis team, with Andre (far left), Kevin (far right) and Angelisa

Eighteen-year-old Angelisa Freeman and her 19-year-old brother Andre are preparing for the competition of their lives at Glasgow 2014, as they form part of the first ever table tennis team from Saint Kitts and Nevis.

In a part of the world where most young people grow up dreaming of becoming sprinters or cricketers, the pair are inspiring a new generation of players.

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Queen's Baton Relay: The Flag Man of Antigua and Barbuda

  • 25 March 2014
Flag Man of Antigua Image copyright Glasgow 2014

I have had the chance to meet some colourful characters on the amazing journey of the Queen's Baton Relay so far, and Hilson Joseph is one of the most memorable yet.

Starting at 6.30am, Hilson - known throughout his country as 'Flag Man' - completed 12 hours of the relay in Antigua, through the streets of the capital St. John and across the island.

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Queen's Baton Relay: Commonwealth Youth Games in sight for Saint Lucia

  • 21 March 2014
Saint Lucia youths prepare for Commonwealth Youth Games

"I want to become the world's fastest man," comments 11-year-old Miguel Charlery, a member of the Rockets Athletics Club in Saint Lucia.

"I would like to make it to the Commonwealth Games and impress everyone. And I would hope to go the Commonwealth Youth Games! It will be great to have a big championship in my own country."

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Queen's Baton Relay: Trinidad and Tobago's champions aim for more medals

  • 13 March 2014
Olympic Games silver and bronze 4x100m medallist Emmanuel Callender (centre) and World Champion 400m hurdler Jehue Gordon (right) hold the Queen's Baton with Commonwealth Games silver and bronze shooting medallist Roger Daniel (left).
Image caption Emmanuel Callender (centre), Roger Daniel (left) and Jehue Gordon (right) hold the Queen's baton.

Emmanuel Callender and Jehue Gordon are among the superstars of Trinidad and Tobago athletics and hold a fistful of Olympic and World Championship medals. As the Commonwealth Games approach the pair are focused on returning to the podium for more success.

Gordon is the current 400m hurdles world champion following his victory in Moscow last year. Callender is a two-time Olympian securing both silver and bronze in the Men's 4 x 100 m relay.

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Queen's Baton Relay: Nijel Amos, building on Olympic success

  • 4 February 2014
Nijel Amos celebrating after winning the silver medal at London 2012 Image copyright FRANCK FIFE/AFP/GettyImages
Image caption Nijel Amos celebrating after winning the silver medal at London 2012

At London 2012, 18-year-old Nijel Amos won a silver medal in the 800m and became the fourth fastest man ever over the distance. Not bad for someone who just six months earlier was coached by his geography teacher on a high school dirt track in his native Botswana.

I met Nijel soon after I touched down in Botswana, he talked excitedly as he drove me to the local stadium for a training session.

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Queen's Baton Relay: A week with the 'extraordinary' Kip Keino

  • 27 January 2014
Kip Keino with the Queen's Baton

Kipchoge 'Kip' Keino is a legend in eastern Africa and it is not hard to see why.

The 1500m champion enjoyed a hero's welcome whilst leading the Queen's baton delegation through Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

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