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Abertay's Commonwealth Games batonbearers!

18 July 2014

In the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, which start next week, the Queen's Baton has been travelling around the world since October last year.

It has been relayed by thousands of people through the countries that make up the Commonwealth 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.

On July 5, second year Sport and Management student Cameron McMillan carried the baton in Dunblane.

He was nominated for his hard work and dedication as a tennis coach at Dunblane Sports Club, where he has been coaching for the past four years.

Alongside two other coaches at the club, he has tripled the size of the coaching programme there, with over 200 people now attending for lessons six days a week!

He only got involved in coaching initially in order to complete the volunteering part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award, but found that he really enjoyed teaching people to play the sport that he loves, so kept it up.

Since then, he has completed his Level 1 and Level 2 coaching awards, and is currently working to his gain his Level 3.

Speaking about his nomination to become a batonbearer, Cameron said:

"It was the parents of some of the kids I teach that nominated me. I knew they had done it, but never in a million years thought that I would be chosen.

"It was a bit of a stressful moment when I found out, as there had been a computer glitch which meant the email I received was blank so I didn’t know if I had been successful or not.

"It wasn’t until later that night that I finally got an email saying I was going to be taking part. And it was a really good feeling finding out. I love coaching, and don’t do it for any kind of recognition, so to have been chosen to take part in something as special as this is extremely humbling and was a huge honour."

As well as being a batonbearer, Cameron will be working in the athletes village as a Clydesider during the Commonwealth Games, so will have a busy summer on top of all his coaching duties!

The baton is still making its way around Scotland, and will arrive in Glasgow on Tuesday, July 22 ahead of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, July 23.

We've got two more batonbearer stories to come before then, so keep a look out for them! 

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