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Abertay's Commonwealth Games Batonbearers!

12 June 2014

The Queen's Baton Relay - which began its epic journey around the Commonwealth on October 9 last year - finally arrives in Scotland this weekend!

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.

We'll profile each of them ahead of their leg of the relay.

On Saturday, the relay will be in Edinburgh, where second year Sport and Exercise Sciences student Lewis Melee will be one of the batonbearers.

He was nominated for his amazing work within the local community delivering sporting opportunities to young people aged 8-17, as well as for his involvement in creating a hugely successful community sports hub within Edinburgh city centre.

Over the past four years he has been involved in running curriculum activities, organising sports days, coordinating summer camps and mentoring senior pupils.

He currently coaches football with both Spartans Women FC and Dundee United FC, and leads a Dundee primary school team as well. 

It is his hard work and dedication to helping others that led to Lewis being nominated and selected for the relay, and we wish him all the best of luck for the day!

Speaking about how he found out he would be taking part in the event, Lewis said:

"I was nominated by a work colleague in Edinburgh and it was a huge surprise to be told that my name had been put forward.

"After a long wait I was contacted to confirm that I would be carrying the Queens Baton and at first I was speechless. Only now am I realising what an honour and a privilege it will be to carry the baton and be part of a great sporting event which will be watched by millions of people around the world.

"Although I don't have tickets for the Games, I am volunteering for two weeks at Scotstoun where the squash competition will take place and I’ll be providing support to the athletes who are competing. This opportunity is a once in a lifetime experience, and I can’t wait to be part of such an amazing global sporting event. All eyes will be on Scotland during the Games and knowing that I’m going to be part of history is an unbelievable feeling."

Lewis will be running his leg of the relay along Elm Row at 3.20pm on Saturday, June 14, so if you’re in Edinburgh make sure you’re there to cheer him on!

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