PICTURE SPECIAL: Queen’s baton relay comes to Stoke Mandeville

The Queens Baton Relay for The Commonwealth Games, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Para swimmer, Ollie Hynd chats with Roger Jefcoate from Winslow, Patron of Wheelpower.
The Queens Baton Relay for The Commonwealth Games, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Para swimmer, Ollie Hynd chats with Roger Jefcoate from Winslow, Patron of Wheelpower.

The Queen’s Baton Relay visited Stoke Mandeville Stadium last week as part of its tour of the Commonwealth nations.

Ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, the relay stopped by at the birthplace of the Paralympics.

The Queens Baton Relay for The Commonwealth Games, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Para swimmer, Ollie Hynd, chats about the baton with players at the Wheelchair Basketball Experience.

The Queens Baton Relay for The Commonwealth Games, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Para swimmer, Ollie Hynd, chats about the baton with players at the Wheelchair Basketball Experience.

Paralympic swimmer Ollie Hynd visited with the baton, with other activities including sports demonstrations such as wheelchair basketball.

Ollie said: “It’s not long now until the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and it’s great to see everything, and everyone, coming together with the baton.

“I was lucky enough to go to Glasgow, which was a wonderful experience with such a high level of sport and the opportunity to be in that athlete environment with all the different sports – para and able bodied – was fantastic.

“I am looking forward to hopefully experiencing that next year, it will be really special.”

The Queens Baton Relay for The Commonwealth Games, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Para swimmer, Ollie Hynd, chats about the baton with players at the Wheelchair Basketball Experience.

The Queens Baton Relay for The Commonwealth Games, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Para swimmer, Ollie Hynd, chats about the baton with players at the Wheelchair Basketball Experience.

The relay is visiting every Commonwealth nation over the course of 388 days, with England the 40th stop on the route ahead of next year’s Games down under on April 4.

The Queens Baton Relay for The Commonwealth Games, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Adam Best, Queen's Baton Relay Liaison, shows the baton to interested children.

The Queens Baton Relay for The Commonwealth Games, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Adam Best, Queen's Baton Relay Liaison, shows the baton to interested children.