Search

Rowing legend Sir Matthew Pinsent to abseil down Orbit with Queen’s Commonwealth Baton

18:28 05 June 2014

Matthew Pinsent. Picture: Doug Peters/PA Wire

Matthew Pinsent. Picture: Doug Peters/PA Wire

Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Rowing legend Sir Matthew Pinsent is set to abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit as the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton comes to the former Olympic Park on Sunday.

The four-time Olympic gold medal winner will be carrying the unique baton during his descent before handing it over to the first of four residents from the surrounding Olympic boroughs, chosen to carry it around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The day will also see more than 50 free sports on offer to visitors throughout the park, giving them a chance to try their hand at everything from volleyball and table tennis to wrestling.

The “festival of sport” is part of the Active People, Active Park programme run by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) which will offer free sporting sessions to residents in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest.

Sir Matthew Pinsent said he was “nervous but excited” about his early morning challenge, adding: “It will be a terrific day and will hopefully inspire Londoners to get behind Team England and to get active themselves.”

The Orbit is the Uk’s tallest sculpture, standing at 115m high.

Batonbearers will include Young Mayor of Newham Jonathan Bennett, 16, from Plaistow, who said carrying the Queen’s Baton – which has been through nearly 70 Commonwealth countries – would be “top of the list” of his achievements as young mayor.

The baton will go on to 10 Downing Street later on in the day, before going on to Glasgow for the opening of the Games on July 23.

Dennis Hone, LLDC’s chief executive said: “We can’t wait to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and see Sir Matthew Pinsent abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit with the Baton - I hope he has a head for heights.

“I would encourage everyone to come on June 8 and have a go at one of the great free sports that will be on offer.”

See our Parklife section for more information about Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham News Stories

14:30

Controversy about electoral processes has dampened Sir Robin Wales’ win as Labour’s candidate for the Mayor of Newham 2018 election.

Robin
10:42

An independent tribunal has backed a driver who said a traffic warden tampered with a parking restriction notice near his car.

Newham Council
Yesterday, 18:39

A 24-hour Tube strike scheduled to hit the Hammersmith and City line tomorrow has been called off.

Yesterday, 15:20

Sir Robin Wales has been re-selected as the Labour candidate for the Mayor of Newham 2018 election process.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Read more

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now