July 24 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Olympian Anthony Ogogo will be helping to promote another summer sporting spectacle when he takes a starring role at an event in Lowestoft in the run-up to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The 25-year-old boxer, who turned professional after winning a middleweight bronze medal at London 2012, has been selected as a baton bearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay.
The baton is coming to Suffolk on June 9 and the boxer is one of six people from the county chosen to carry it on its tour of Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Newmarket.
The relay will visit Lowestoft first and Waveney District Council is working with partners to organise a sporting celebration on the town’s seafront, with an invitation to “Run With The Baton”.
The centrepiece will be a mass participation run and people of all ages are being urged to don their sports gear and become “part of Team England” by taking part in the mile-long jog or stroll near the Claremont Pier.
As well as the chance to meet Anthony and get up close to the baton, there will be a host of sporting and fun activities taking place on the beach during the day, including tag rugby, street dance, keep-fit sessions, zumba, futsal and tug-of-war.
Anthony said: “I’m honoured to be the official baton bearer for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Lowestoft. I’m looking forward to the events taking place on the seafront and hope that they can be an inspiration to local people to take part in sport and physical activity.”
The baton’s arrival comes less than two years after thousands of people lined the streets of Lowestoft to watch the Olympic Torch pass through the town.
Bruce Provan, Waveney’s cabinet member for tourism and economic development, said: “I’m extremely proud that Lowestoft is the only beach resort in the UK to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay and to mark this honour we are going to create a spectacular sporting day for all.”
Phil Aves, change manager for Lowestoft Rising, said: “The opportunity to receive the Queen’s Baton Relay here in Lowestoft is a huge lift for the town. We plan to use the opportunity to showcase both our beachfront location and our energetic young people as we turn the beach into a sports park for the day.”