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Abertay's Commonwealth Games Batonbearers!

25 June 2014

The Queen's Baton Relay - which began its epic journey around the Commonwealth on October 9 last year - gets to Fife on Thursday!

It has been relayed by thousands of people around the world and, by the time the Games begin, will have been on the move for 288 days, have visited over 70 nations and territories, and have covered 100,000 miles.

Those who have carried the baton have all been nominated for remarkable reasons, and we have 10 extraordinary individuals here at Abertay who will be carrying the baton around Scotland as it makes its way to Glasgow for the beginning of the Games.

Lewis Melee was first up, carrying the baton when it arrived in Edinburgh on June 14, and next from Abertay will be Rhys Davis who will be carrying the baton in Inverkeithing.

Rhys is studying for a BSc in Sports Coaching here at Abertay, and was nominated for all the fantastic volunteering work he does as a coach and with Active Schools.

The nomination was made by the children he teaches, as well as his fellow coaches, which makes it all the more special.

Rhys coaches the Hillfield Swifts under-17s girls football team on Tuesday and Thursday nights, in preparation for their games on Sundays where he is always there to cheer them on.

He also works with Sports Development and Active Schools, delivering taster sessions in shinty, basketball, football and badminton whenever he is back in Fife.

These are for children of all ages, and the aim is to encourage as many of them as possible to participate in sport and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

It is also hoped that, by working as a link between community clubs and schools, it will encourage more children to join community and elite clubs.

Rhys has also worked with many of the national governing sports bodies, including shinty, rugby and - most recently - basketball, where he worked with Kevin Pringle to organise a new basketball festival within Fife.

In addition, he will be leading summer sports camps for Active Fife, delivering multi-sports sessions at various locations throughout the county for children of all ages and abilities.

With all this hard work on top of his studies, it is easy to see why Rhys was selected to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay - we wish him the best of luck on the day!

Speaking ahead of his leg of the relay, Rhys said:

"I found out I was nominated to begin with just through word of mouth from the children I coach, who said they had been voting for me. And then the other coaches told me they had put my name forward because they thought I would be a good role model, so that was pretty humbling to hear.

"It feels such an honour to carry the baton. I’m really excited about being part of the relay, and I hope that seeing me up there will mean something to the children I work with and give them something to aspire to."

Rhys will be running his leg of the relay along Hope Street at 9.15am on Thursday, June 26, so if you’re in Inverkeithing, make sure you’re there to cheer him on!

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