The English route of the Queen’s Baton Relay has been announced and Sheffield is due to be one of the places it visits in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games 2022.
On Tuesday 12 July, Sheffield will officially welcome the Baton as it makes its way around England before finally reaching the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022.
Lee Brown, from Rotherham, is one of the confirmed Baton bearers for Sheffield after being nominated by his family and friends.
He was diagnosed with gastrointestinal stromal tumour, a rare form of cancer, which he overcame and went on to raise awareness and funds for GIST Cancer UK. Brown is now on a mission to keep taking on new challenges and goals.
He said: “I was surprised and honoured when I found out I had been nominated, and to be selected for this role is an absolute privilege for me.
“I can’t wait to represent my local region and share this exciting journey with all the other amazing people that have been chosen as well.”
The Baton will kick off in London on Thursday 2 June having travelled around the Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa and Oceania.
After London, it will resume its international journey and then arrive back in England on Monday 4 July to commence a 25-day tour of the regions.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Executive Member for City Futures: Development, Culture and Regeneration at Sheffield City Council, said: “It is a real honour for Sheffield to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay.
“Just as the Games connects and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Baton Relay is uniting our regions and is a chance for our own local communities to come together and celebrate.
“We look forward to giving the inspiring Baton bearers a warm Sheffield welcome as they take on the Yorkshire and Humber leg of this exciting tour.”
Whilst the Baton is in Sheffield, it will be visiting Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and the English Institute of Sport Sheffield where it will join schools and community groups to experience a range of sporting activities during a sports festival.
Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 in their community.