Students from Newbattle High School set to carry Queen's Baton in Relay

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Three students and one teacher from Newbattle High School in Midlothian are carrying the baton in Monday's stage of the Queen's Baton Relay.

School Reporter Jack previews their big day:

Anticipation is growing as the baton day at Newbattle Community High School draws closer. The Commonwealth baton carrying the Queen's message will arrive at Newbattle on 16 June.

Staff have been organising a wide variety of sport-related activities for both pupils and visitors to take part in. These include rugby, badminton, basketball and lots more.

There are three students from Newbattle who will be carrying the Baton, which is making its journey around the Commonwealth nations until it reaches Glasgow where the Queen will read her message to the Commonwealth.

This will be the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games and with 71 countries taking part and over 6,500 athletes due to compete it is sure to be a sporting success.

The athletes will compete in 17 sports over 11 days - all determined to run faster, jump higher and throw further than anyone else.

Commonwealth Games 2014

  • Starts on 23 July
  • Ends on 3 August
  • Sports - 17
  • Venues - 14
  • Competing nations - 71

Sporting stars due to take part, subject to injury, include Usain Bolt, who has never competed in the Commonwealth Games before due to injuries sustained and preparation for the Olympics.

Other sporting stars due to make their debut at the 2014 Games include Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is another Jamaican 100/200m specialist hoping to make a lasting impression in Scotland.

This being the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games marks a massive landmark in the field of sport.

The first Commonwealth Games was held in Ontario, Canada in 1930, and ever since then countries of the Commonwealth have come together to compete at sport and to show off future stars in the youth Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Games, originally called The British Empire Games, was first organised in 1930 by Melville Marks Robinson of Canada and only 11 nations participated.

Women at first were only allowed to compete in swimming events; however in 1934 they were allowed to compete in athletics. This is a true symbol of the humanitarian aspect of the Commonwealth Games and is also clear through their motto - Humanity, Equality, Destiny.

In conclusion the Commonwealth Baton coming to Newbattle and Scotland as a whole will be sure to inspire young people for years to come.

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