Deaf role model will carry baton

Fraser Gunn, baton bearer in Linlithgow.
Fraser Gunn, baton bearer in Linlithgow.

A deaf teenager from Linlithgow has been selected to be a runnerin the Queen’s Baton Relay in his home town, as part of the countdown to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Fraser Gunn (19), is profoundly deaf and has been nominated as a result of his volunteer work with the National Deaf Children’s Society.

He will be one of the first batonbearers to carry the torch in Scotland as the relay returns from its tour of the Commonwealth.

Fraser is a youth support volunteer and acts as a deaf role model at family weekends run by the National Deaf Children’s Society, where he often gives talks to other deaf children, young people and their families. Fraser has also raised close to £2000 for the charity after taking part in a 47- mile Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle ride.

Anne-Marie Sandison, youth outreach officer for the National Deaf Children’s Society Scotland said: “Fraser has shown outstanding commitment and is a fantastic role model and volunteer for the National Deaf Children’s Society. We are absolutely delighted that Fraser has been chosen. Everyone who knows him will be joining the crowds to celebrate with him on the day.”

Fraser said: “I am over the moon to be nominated by the National Deaf Children’s Society and I can’t wait until I carry the baton. I really enjoy helping the charity at their youth events and being a role model for other deaf young people – I love showing them that being deaf shouldn’t hold you back and you can achieve anything you want to. Carrying the baton is a great honour and it will be a fantastic day that I will remember forever.”

The society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

Nominated in recognition of their contributions to local sport, community and youth, 4,000 batonbearers will travel a total of 4,000 kilometres throughout Scotland as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay, the traditional curtainraiser for the Commonwealth Games.