Mold woman overwhelmed to be baton bearer

Published date: 13 March 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A GRANDMOTHER who beat cancer seven years ago said she is overwhelmed to be selected as a Commonwealth baton bearer.

Vera Arrowsmith, 69, is one of six people from Flintshire selected to take part when the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay touches down in Wales in May.

Mrs Arrowsmith, of New Street, Mold, has been chosen after playing a vital role in helping others to have an active and healthy approach to life.

After recovering from breast cancer she felt it was vital to keep active and in the process has helped other people do the same thing.

As a Troedio Clwyd Walks volunteer walk leader, she takes a group of Nordic walkers out every Thursday from Loggerheads Country Park, whatever the weather.

Many of the group have suffered from ill health and have become fitter with her help and encouragement.

Mrs Arrowsmith, a former nurse at Glan Clwyd Hospital, said it was an amazing feeling to be selected.

“What an honour it is to be selected to take part,” she said.

“I’m overwhelmed. The day will be quite overwhelming.

“I can’t begin to imagine what it will be like.

“I like the thought that it will be the same baton that will be going around the Commonwealth.”

Chris Jenkins, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a chance for the whole nation to get behind the team of athletes set to compete for Wales at the games, and it really is an invitation to join us on our journey.”

Baton bearers have been selected for the commitment they have made to their communities, or as a celebration of their achievements.

The relay begins in Wales on Saturday, May 24 and will be in the country for six days before it heads  to England on Friday, May 30.

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