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Baton Relay recognition for fundraiser

Sally-Anne Hunter, baton bearer

Fearless fundraiser Sally-Anne Hunter tells her memories of carrying the baton in the Queen's Baton Relay and shares her legacy hopes.

It was a real honour to be a Queen’s Baton Relay baton bearer in June. My family, friends and colleagues nominated me for the work I do organizing and taking part in once-in-a-lifetime challenges that have so far raised over £15m for charity.
To be honest, I was pretty nervous on the day; as I put on my baton bearer outfit I also put quite a weight on my own shoulders; wanting to do my friends, colleagues, family, my county and Scotland proud. I am registered disabled and have rheumatoid arthritis, which I actively manage on a daily basis, and despite my “can do” attitude I was concerned that my illness would get in the way. I had visions of being required to run or finding the baton too heavy for my wrists and letting everyone down!
The reality of course was entirely different and it was the most awesome experience thanks to the amazingly kind, thoughtful, well organized and well prepared team behind the scenes.
During our briefing I was encouraged to walk my part of the relay and take the whole experience at my own pace “this is your day to be proud” I was told.
Some of my lasting memories of the day? The drive in the officlal bus to the start accompanied by Bruce Springsteen’s "Thunder Road" and a motocycle police escort; meeting the other baton bearers and hearing their humbling stories; the unexpected crowds as I crossed the bridge and turned into Musselburgh High Street; holding the baton and noticing how the colour of the wooden handle had changed from all the hands that had held it across the nations; the look of pride on my children’s faces.
My hopes for a legacy from the Baton Relay and the Games? That people will be inspired to get off the sofa and be more active for sure but as importantly that we will be inspired to take on the drive and determination demonstrated by all our athletes to be the very best we can be whatever we choose to do.