A day that I won’t forget

by Gemma Maclean, Young Ambassador Steering Group

On 11 July, I was lucky enough to carry the Queen’s Baton through Alness as part of the Commonwealth Games Relay. I was nominated to carry the Baton for my involvement in sport as a Young Ambassador, a programme that is run by the Youth Sport Trust.

My role as a Young Ambassador is to promote PE and school sport in my school and community which I love doing. I also regularly coach hockey to younger girls in my school and multi-sports to primary aged pupils.

The day I carried the Baton was fantastic and seeing the whole community come out to witness the special event was truly amazing. An hour before I was due to run with the Baton, I had the opportunity to meet my fellow Baton Bearers and each one of them had an remarkable story to share. 

We all gathered on what the Baton Relay crew called 'the dancing bus' and were then driven to our drop off points. As soon I got out, I couldn't quite believe I was about to hold the Queens Baton. Knowing that the Baton has such a significant part in the Commonwealth Games and that I was only meters away from it was unbelievable.

It’s been in 70 nations, travelling 190,000 km over 288 days and held by thousands of people around the Commonwealth and I was one person in its journey! I couldn't stop smiling as I heard my family, friends and teachers cheer for me. Being part of its journey to Glasgow as it gets closer to the Games was brilliant.

I can’t wait to see the affect Glasgow 2014 will have on the country and hope it inspires more young people to take up sport.