The Queen's Baton, Going for Gold
14 July 2014


The Queen's Baton, Going for Gold

Stephanie Inglis, Member of the judo squad for Team Scotland holds the Queens Baton High on the Golden Bridge

Paralympian, Karen Darke joined former Scotland and Lions Rugby Captain, Gavin Hastings, and Allan Wells at the stunning venue of the Centre for Health Science to meet business leaders from througout the Highlands and bring the Common Wealth Games Legacy to Inverness. 

Around 90 companies attended a business session led by Gavin Hastings, who spoke on leading high-performing teams and developing new talent. He was joined on stage by a panel of business leaders from Harper Macleod, Atos, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Inverness Chamber of Commerce,

In partnership with Commonwealth Games Scotland, the event was hosted by HIE, The Highland Council’s Business Gateway service and Commonwealth Games sponsors Atos, Harper Macleod, SSE and Search.

Scotland’s greatest ever Commonwealth Games medallist, multi award-winning and Olympic Champion athlete Allan Wells; Paralympic Silver Medalist, Paratriathlon World Champion and groundbreaking adventurer Karen Darke, and international rugby star Gavin Hastings, then met for a Sports session hosted by BBC presenter Rob Maclean.

The Queen's Baton was carried to the auditorium by Inverness athlete, Stephanie Inglis, Team Scotland Judo, who won silver in Russia at a European Cup event followed by more podium places in Samoa (silver) and Mauritius (bronze) is gunning for Gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive, HIE above centre, flanked by Board Chairman, Prof. Lorne Crerar and Allan Wells said: “Business and community events have been taking place across the Highlands and Islands to celebrate the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay. This unique year of events gives us the opportunity to make businesses aware of the potential benefits generated by Scotland hosting major events like the Commonwealth Games and to highlight the talented people and businesses in the Highlands and Islands to the rest of the world. The event focused on the connections between high performing businesses and sports people. We are delighted to be hosting such a high profile event with our local and national partners, and to be able to bring some of the excitement around Glasgow 2014 to our region.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay in the Highlands has been planned by Glasgow 2014 in partnership with The Highland Council.

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