Sunday, 19 September 2010

Glasgow trio prepare for Commonwealth Games flag handover

Three youngsters from Inverclyde have embarked on an intensive three-week bootcamp to train for their role in the official handover of the Commonwealth Flag from Delhi to Glasgow.

Rachel Bushfield, Lee Oribine and Louis Hoodless are among some 350 Scots preparing to perform a mass synchronised dance at the closing ceremony of the Delhi Commonwealth Games on October 14.

The flag handover ceremony will draw the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games to a close and will be the first public statement to the world that Glasgow will be the next host city in 2014.

Councillor Ronnie Ahlfeld said: “I am delighted that Rachel, Lee and Louis will be representing Inverclyde, performing in front of a capacity crowd of 60,000 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. We are all very excited about the challenge that lies ahead for them and I am sure they will make us all proud.”

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said: “After the handover ceremony, cast members will become ambassadors for the Games in their community, and will be involved with the Games for the next four years, leaving a positive and direct legacy that is Scotland-wide.”

Rachel said: “It is quite overwhelming to think that the performance will be beamed live across the Commonwealth to an estimated audience of 1 billion people. We are all bursting to see how the performance will take shape and find out exactly what we will be doing. We think bootcamp will be amazing.”

Councillor Iain McKenzie said: “The Games in Delhi are just a few weeks away now and I think it is fantastic that Inverclyde will play a part in the handover celebrations ahead of Glasgow 2014. We are also looking forward to playing our part in four years time with a refurbished Ravenscraig Stadium and other leisure facilities available for training to the Commonwealth’s top athletes.”


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