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Bennett delighted with relay role

PUBLISHED: 09:27 11 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:32 11 June 2014

Baton bearer Jonathan Bennett stands proudly in front of the Orbit Towter on the Olympic Park

Baton bearer Jonathan Bennett stands proudly in front of the Orbit Towter on the Olympic Park

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Young Mayor takes part as baton bearer

Young Mayor of Newham, Jonathan Bennett, insists that events like the Queen’s Baton Relay can help to bring people from different communities together and unify everyone behind supporting Team England at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

The 16-year-old was selected to be a Batonbearer during the Glasgow 2014 Relay because of his passion for working with young people in his borough and for volunteering his own time to voice the opinions of others.

Bennett is currently planning a range of activities to help young people become more active, but took time out of his busy schedule to take part in one of the world’s greatest sporting traditions.

The Baton Relay is the Commonwealth Games’ version of the Olympic Torch Relay and carries a sealed, secret message from the Queen, which will be read out on July 23.

And Bennett says it was an honour to be involved. “Being part of the Queen’s Baton Relay was amazing,” he said. “It reminds me that diversity doesn’t just come in the form of race.

“This event just shows that no matter where you’re from, your ability, race, gender or age, all people can come together for a single cause.

“Part of supporting Team England is that we’re able to show patriotism for our country. Watching Team GB at London 2012 was very inspirational for all of us and we enjoyed cheering them on, but secretly we all want to cheer on our own country.”


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