Search

Newham young mayor thrilled to carry Commonwealth Games Baton through Olympic Park

08:00 28 May 2014

Young Mayor for Newham Jon Benett, 16
Photo: David Mirzoeff

Young Mayor for Newham Jon Benett, 16 Photo: David Mirzoeff

Archant

Not content with having already made his mark as young mayor, one teenager has also been selected to help make sporting history.

Young Mayor for Newham Jon Benett, 16 Photo: David MirzoeffYoung Mayor for Newham Jon Benett, 16 Photo: David Mirzoeff

Jonathan Bennett is one of 12 Londoners given the unique opportunity to carry the Commonwealth Games baton through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday, June 8.

The 16-year-old young mayor of Newham, currently taking his GCSE exams, said finding out he was going to take part was “exciting” and gave him a real sense of achievement.

“I’m definitely glad and appreciative that I get to do this,” he said. “It’s top of the list of things I have done as young mayor.”

Jonathan, of Gordon Street, Plaistow, said his stunned cousin refused to believe the news until she saw his baton bearer’s T-shirt. He added that fellow pupils at Cumberland School, also in Plaistow, were constantly asking him about it.

Elected as young mayor last September, the teenager said he hoped he could make a difference to others through his role.

“I think personally the reason I became the young mayor was to have the opportunity to make a difference,” he explained.

“I get questions all the time about what I have done and I don’t really know what to answer. I haven’t built a stadium but I have tried to help and add to other things that have already been done and try to increase them.

“My aim is to give the next young mayor the chance to build on it and a chance to succeed. It isn’t just about focusing on the now, it’s about the future as well.”

The one-of-a-kind baton has been through 70 Commonwealth countries over the last seven months. It arrived back on British soil earlier this month en route to Glasgow for the opening of the Games on July 23.

Latest News Stories

59 minutes ago
The cellar in Betty's old house where she cowered as a child

From the baby-sized gas mask to the make-shift beds, Betty Sexton has had a poignant year saying goodbye to her old belongings.

London
37 minutes ago
Young patients at the Royal London Hospital receive their gifts. From left:  Rhyanne Gasper, 14, from Newham, Naeem Agbongbon, 8, from Ockenden, Essex, Eron Ufuah, 9, from Canning Town, and Harshika Partheepan, 4 months, from Newbury Park, with volunteers from the Kindness Offensive Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Children being treated in hospital over Christmas received hundreds of gifts in a surprise visit by well-wishers.

Royal London Hospital
Yesterday, 16:20
Jackie Litambola and Peach colleagues

The mother of a murdered teenager has backed a “save havens” scheme for young people to help prevent future deaths from street violence.

Yesterday, 15:47
Dautzenberg posing in a mobile phone photo with criminal money on March 26

A criminal from Canning Town who attacked women and snatched their jewellery in West London has been jailed for six years.

Most read news

The mother of seven of the children suffered serious stab wounds. She remains in a stable condition in hospital.

According to the MoD, the answer is a resounded “yes”.

Lewis Hamilton’s metaphor for life is particularly deep, with many turns.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition