August 31 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Two people from Norwich have been chosen to participate in The Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Norwich sales assistant Georgia Wastell will carry the Queen’s Baton in Aberdeen on June 30, as one of nine John Lewis employees.
She was nominated by the company for going the extra mile by exceeding customer service targets and influencing her colleagues to do the same.
Miss Wastell said: “I’m proud to be representing Norwich and John Lewis and can’t wait to be part of the special atmosphere.
“I was already excited about the Commonwealth Games before I knew about being a baton bearer.
“I’ve never even been to Scotland before, so that will be exciting.”
Having worked at the branch for just over a year, she hopes to move up the ranks and one day join the buying department.
Richard Marks, head of the John Lewis Norwich branch, said: “We’re all really proud of the hard work and commitment Georgia has shown towards the branch and business as a whole.
“Georgia makes a difference every day on the shop floor and everyone in the branch would agree she is a deserving baton bearer.
“The entire branch will be supporting her from here in Norwich.”
This won’t be her first big sporting event as she previously represented the East of England in basketball.
She’s part of a sport-loving family and her father will be joining her for the trip, making the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity a family occasion.
Also flying the flag for Norwich and carrying the Queen’s Baton is Chris Ellis, managing director at Dipples jewellers, in Swan Lane.
He was put forward by watch manufacuturer Longines and will be carrying the baton for 200 metres in Dundee at 4.30pm today.
Mr Ellis said: “I’m pleased I’m doing it, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“It’s just a shame that it’s in Dundee, so none of my family or friends can be there to watch me.”
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport.
Over a period of 288 days the baton will have visited 70 nations and territories, covered 190,000 kilometres and involved a third of the world’s population.
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