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Queen’s baton comes to Derry

Aileen Reid who carried the Queen's Baton into Derry ahead of this summers Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Welcoming her at Prehen are Derry City Council Sports Ambassadors from St. Cecilia's and Thornhill College. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 22.05.14

Aileen Reid who carried the Queen's Baton into Derry ahead of this summers Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Welcoming her at Prehen are Derry City Council Sports Ambassadors from St. Cecilia's and Thornhill College. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 22.05.14

There was great excitement in the city on Wednesday as the official symbol of the Commonwealth Games was carried in fitting sporting style up the River Foyle by local tri-athlete Aileen Reid (nee Morrison).

There was great excitement in the city on Wednesday as the official symbol of the Commonwealth Games was carried in fitting sporting style up the River Foyle by local tri-athlete Aileen Reid (nee Morrison).

The Queen’s Baton was conveyed up river in a special flotilla led by the Olympic contender, who represented Team Ireland in the 2012 Games, and who is expecting to compete with Team N. Ireland in the Women’s Triathlon event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

Aileen held the Baton containing the royal message for the Commonwealth countries as an eight-man rowing team carried it by boat from the reception point at Lisahally along the river to Prehen Boathouse, where a series of events took place throughout the afternoon, including a Kids Duathlon.

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly, said: “The Commonwealth Games is a hugely inspirational sporting event for young people. I would like to pay tribute to athletes such as Aileen Reid who continue to influence and inspire through their dedication and discipline.

Local children marked the occasion at Prehen Playing Fields with a special Duathlon featuring a 400 metre run, a 500 metre mountain bike ride and a further 400 metre run.

 
 
 

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