AN ELGIN teenager will join thousands of others from around the globe taking part in the Queen’s baton relay.
Chloe Bitters is delighted she has been chosen to carry the renowned mace in the event that culminates with the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 23.
Up to 4,000 runners from all 32 Scottish local authorities will join the relay, that will travel through more than 400 communities over 40 days in the run up to the games.
Chloe, who works as a social enterprise support assistant at Elgin Youth Café, was nominated by management there.
"They thought I would be a good ambassador for young people," she said. "I’m really chuffed. I know a lot of other people didn’t get the chance."
The 16-year-old found out about her nomination had been successful last week, and is planning to start training for the event.
Iain Sneddon, one of the youth team leaders at the café, said: "Chloe has come a long way. She suffered from self-esteem issues, and this has given her a real boost, and I feel she’ll really gain from this experience.
"Chloe is very reliable and is never off, and is quite happy to do more than is asked of her."
All the community baton-bearers were chosen by independent panels, who considered people’s achievements against the odds, their mentoring of young folk, contributions to community and youth sport, and those who made a difference through volunteering and community support.
The baton will travel over 190,000 kilometres through 69 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, before arriving in Scotland on June 14. It will arrive in Moray on Wednesday, July 2, ending that day’s journey in Keith.
The following day it will be carried through Buckie, Cullen, Fochabers, Mosstodloch, Lhanbryde, Lossiemouth, Hopeman, Kinloss, Forres and finally Elgin.
On Friday, July 4, it will head up Speyside through Rothes and Aberlour then on to the Highlands.
In its travels the baton will visit schools, sporting facilities and leisure centres, encouraging communities to get behind Team Scotland, to get involved with the games and encourage more people to participate in sport.
A message from the Queen placed inside the baton before is began its journey will be read out during the opening ceremony.