Carmarthenshire leisure chiefs hoping games baton will be an inspiration
THE Queen's Baton heralding the 2014 Commonwealth Games will blaze through Carmarthenshire next May.
It will visit Dylan Thomas's Boathouse in Laugharne on May 27, before heading to Carmarthen, Ammanford and Llanelli throughout the day.
Organisers hope the baton relay will see a repeat of 2012's Olympic torch relay, which saw thousands of people across Carmarthenshire turn out to see the flame pass by ahead of the London games.
Carmarthenshire's senior sport and leisure manager Carl Daniels has put a steering committee in place to maximise the baton visit and the Commonwealth Games as a whole.
Mr Daniels said: "We will use the baton visit to inspire people in the run up to July's Glasgow Games while ensuring legacy and achieving our ambition to get more people more active more often.
"We are very proud to be one of only a handful of Welsh counties to be honoured with the baton visit over it's short time in the country.
"I am sure it will draw crowds like the 2012 Olympic torch relay, particularly as the baton will spend the whole day in Carmarthenshire."
The council's executive board member for leisure services, Meryl Gravell, said: "We will never forget the excitement generated by the Olympic Torch as it made its way through Wales.
"Now we can look forward to seeing support for our athletes at the Queen's Baton events next year.
"Our Sport and Leisure service will be working with schools and community sporting groups building excitement for the Games and gathering support for them along the way.
"The Commonwealth Games is the only opportunity that Wales gets to compete as a nation.
''It is the only chance that many athletes have to pull on a Welsh jersey.
"Because of that it holds great significance for us."