Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds welcomes the Queen's Baton Relay

Nicola Adams with the baton
Image caption Nicola Adams, Leeds' Olympic boxing champion, got her hands on the baton in her gym in Burmantofts

The Queen's Baton Relay is visiting Leeds on its way around the UK ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Six people were chosen to carry it in the city, including Leeds' Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams.

The baton spent Wednesday in Hull and Grimsby where it was taken to several schools as well as city landmarks.

The baton has so far visited 70 nations and is currently travelling around the UK before reaching Glasgow on 23 July.

Adams said: "It's a really good honour for Leeds and it's great to carry it."

She had recently also taken the baton to Downing Street in London.

Adams won the first-ever Olympic women's boxing gold medal at the London 2012 Games.

Now she hopes to make history by adding a gold from Glasgow 2014, the first time that women's boxing is to be held at the Commonwealth Games.

'Really exciting'

She met the baton in Leeds at her old boxing gym based in the Burmantofts area.

Image caption Laura Beardsmore and local schoolchildren at the Headingley cricket ground

Laura Beardsmore was picked to carry the baton in Headingley. She was selected for her achievements in the martial art aikido.

Ms Beardsmore, a dentist, said: "It's really exciting as only six people have been chosen and to get recognition for aikido is fantastic."

She was recently named sports woman of the year at the Leeds Sports Awards.

Aikido is a martial art similar to judo.

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