GLL’s legacy venues play host to the Queens Baton relay & launch of Active People, Active Park
On 8th June 2014, GLL’s iconic legacy venues, the London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena played host to the Queens Baton relay and launch of Active People, Active Park. The event was the biggest mass participation event the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has seen to date.
Thousands of people fled to the Park to watch community hero’s nominated to carry the baton along with sports stars such as four-time Rowing Champion, Sir Mathew Pinsent, Olympian and Commonwealth Silver medallist Jade Johnston along with over 50 athletes from the GLL Sport Foundation.
The Queens Baton relay was aptly timed for launch of the Active People Active Park programme. GLL is working in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation to deliver engaging sport and fitness activities to local residents of all ages and abilities with a huge range of opportunities to get active–right on their doorstep. This three-year programme will see tens of thousands of people try new sports and take up old sports in and around the Park.
Crowds of children and adults watched the baton relay and took part in activities on the park such as multi athletics challenges and boot-camp classes. At 12noon the Baton, carried by Ashley Cooper from Hackney, came to the Copper Box Arena during a Community Basketball League match. This is the biggest grassroots league in London with thousands of players representing over 100 competing teams across the capital.
The Baton also travelled into Lee Valley VeloPark at 1.30pm, accompanied by a town crier and marching band and then went onto the Green Way where GLL’s athletic activities were well underway.
At 3.25pm Jonathan Bennett, the Newham baton bearer took the Baton into the London Aquatics Centre where it was greeted by the audience at the London Regional Swimming Championships. Team England Commonwealth Qualifier Aimee Willmot will be present, along with a Youth Swimmer from Newham. The Baton is now making its way through Scotland to the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.