The Sports Institute Northern Ireland played host to the Queen’s Baton on Tuesday afternoon, giving aspiring Commonwealth Games athletes and support staff a chance to be part of the excitement as the the Baton tours Northern Ireland.

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Dr Shaun Ogle, Executive Director of SINI had this to say about the event;

“We were delighted to be selected as a venue for the Queen’s Baton to visit and recognise it as a fantastic opportunity for our staff who are working in the preparation of the Northern Ireland team daily to be part of this historic visit.

SINI is dedicated to developing Northern Ireland’s finest athletes and giving them the support that they need to go and compete on the world stage. Glasgow represents that world stage and for many of the athletes we work with will be the highlight and pinnacle of their career.

SINI is really the team behind the team and we are just so thrilled to have the Baton here today and give our staff who are usually in the background an opportunity to enjoy the excitement of the Baton.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay is the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games and has been included in the Games program since the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games. The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 9th October 2013, when Her Majesty the Queen handed the baton to the first of many thousands of baton bearers to carry the baton around the globe. The Baton contains a message calling athletes to competition in Glasgow and will be read out at the Opening Ceremony on 23rd July. The Northern Ireland route will be based around specific events rather than a street relay as witnessed during 2012.

The Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council’s Chef de Mission, Robert McVeigh, said “Planning is already well under way to celebrate the arrival of the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay in our community. The baton will visit numerous functions being held in local schools and sporting facilities across Northern Ireland involving past and present athletes. A special welcome ceremony is also planned to officially mark the arrival of the baton in Northern Ireland.”