Tom Daley to bring Queen's Baton to Channel Islands

Tom Daley Tom Daley started diving aged seven and specialises in the 10m platform event

Olympic and Commonwealth medallist Tom Daley will bring the Queen's Baton to the Channel Islands, officials have announced.

The Glasgow 2014 ambassador said he was honoured to be carrying the baton, which arrives in Jersey on Sunday.

It will be the first Home Nation stop on the baton's 288-day journey through the Commonwealth.

The diver from Plymouth will be joined by 23-year-old Team Jersey medal hopeful, shot-putter Zane Duquemin.

QUEEN'S BATON RELAY

  • The Queen's Baton Relay has been the curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games since 1958
  • The baton arrives in Jersey on 11 May and Guernsey on 13 May
  • The relay then travels to the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Wales and England - culminating in a 40-day tour of Scotland
  • The Queen will read her message aloud at Celtic Park on 23 July to officially declare the Glasgow 2014 Games open

The pair will carry the Queen's Baton into St Aubin's Bay, 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.

Glasgow 2014 Ambassador, Tom Daley, said: "I was so honoured to be asked to carry the Queen's Baton as it arrives back on British soil.

"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."

Alan Cross, the president of the Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey, said: "We couldn't ask for a better build-up for Team Jersey as we draw close to the Games."

The baton will travel to Guernsey next Tuesday, arriving by boat before it is transported to Beau Sejour Leisure centre for a private reception with the Lieutenant Governor.

ZANE DUQUEMIN

  • Current British indoor shot champion
  • In 2013 Zane was ranked UK No. 1 in senior shot and No.2 in the UK for discus
  • He is currently the best in the UK in both disciplines

The baton will then be taken a a number of primary schools in the island, with each school nominating two baton bearers who will take it to its next venue.

The relay then travels to the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Wales and England - culminating in a 40-day tour of Scotland.

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