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Olympic and Commonwealth Games javelin gold medallist Tessa Sanderson displays the baton to school children on November 6
Queen’s Baton inspires England to get ready for 2010 Games

NEWHAM, London: The Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi on Friday visited locations for the London 2012 Olympic Games in Newham where Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Tessa Sanderson, world over-90 marathon record holder 98-year-old Faujah Singh and young local athletes posed with the baton.

 

School students, rallied by cheerleaders, competed as different Commonwealth countries in a festival of athletics as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010. Having spent time at a dinner hosted by Dame Kelly Holmes at the Royal Commonwealth Society the previous evening, the baton first visited the site of the 2012 Olympics Opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, Greenway, where Tessa Sanderson was at hand to receive it.

 

The baton then travelled to Newham Leisure Centre where it received a rousing welcome on the track and was paraded round by athletes of the Newham and Essex Beagles and local school children waving Commonwealth flags.

 

The baton was officially welcomed by Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales before it was present at ‘Quadkids’ athletics competition in the indoor athletics centre.   Commonwealth and Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu presented the winners their medals before the baton travelled with Christine Ohuruogu to Wanstead flats for an evening of celebration and entertainment, ending in a fantastic spectacle of fireworks set to music from Chariots of Fire.  

 

Commonwealth Games England President Dame Kelly Holmes had said excitement was building towards the Games in Delhi next year and the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi was a great opportunity for communities across England to be part of the Games preparations and really start to get behind the England team as the build up to Delhi had begun.

 

Saturday is the last day the baton will spend in England and it will visit Twickenham where England faces Australia in the first of their Autumn internationals.  The England sevens team will parade the baton to the capacity crowd before it is handed to Wales to continue its journey around the Commonwealth en route to the Opening Ceremony of the Delhi Games on October 3, 2010.