There will be an definite Inverurie Locos FC connection to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games that begin in Glasgow next month.
Locos Secretary Billy Thomson, will be the last of 23 Baton Holders who will bring the baton through Inverurie this Sunday, June 29, on its journey from Kintore and Port Elphinstone before it heads to Oldmeldrum.
The decision to have someone connected to Inverurie Locos to carry the baton is to mark the Club’s ongoing and award-winning community and charity work. Billy, along with others at Harlaw Park, works tirelessly to foster and enhance the club’s relationships with charities, schools and groups across the Garioch and beyond.
Billy admitted to be a little nervous saying, “While I’m proud to represent the club, I’m not usually in the limelight and I think the prospect of me carrying the baton and waving to crowds of onlookers is perhaps more daunting as it approaches.”
Also looking forward to Glasgow 2014 is Club Physio Ashley Armstrong who will be one of the games volunteers.
Ashley explained “The application process to volunteer at the Games began in January 2013 with an online application form. Many people applied for 50,000 interview positions to become one of the 15,000 Clyde-siders. By its nature its not a quick process and I had my interview in June last year, which was a standard generic interview for every potential volunteer.
“In December I received the email to tell me I was accepted as a Clyde-sider. From there I received many emails and things to do via the online volunteer portal. Eventually I was advised that I would be a physio at the lawn bowls in Kelvingrove pre games while the athletes are training.
“Since then I have attended two training sessions to date. The first was games orientation which was at the Emirates arena, which was a grand scale show where we heard about the heritage of the games and about Glasgow as a city . That event also revealed the various Glasgow 2014 Uniforms . “My second training was my role specific training at Hampden, running through basic health and safety and games time rules as well as going through exactly what will be required of us as physios at games time.”
Ashley added, “Once in Glasgow I have nine shifts of varying times, and I will get to attend the opening ceremony rehearsals which should be pretty memorable. I have family and friends in Glasgow so I’m really looking forward to spending some time there when I’m not on duty.”