Games baton for ’Ferry duo

Commonwealth baton relay runnner Don Quate
Commonwealth baton relay runnner Don Quate

Two more Commonwealth Games baton bearers from the Journal and Gazette area have come forward this week.

Linlithgow’s Julia Cross and Queensferry’s Don Quate have been nominated to take part in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.

Julia (40) is a six times world champion at Tae Kwon Do and runs her School of Tae Kwon Do in Queensferry.

During her sporting career she also held 15 European titles before having to give up the sport competitively in 2010 following a hip replacement.

Julia said she had been nominated by her father Clark and Colin McRoberts, the father of one of her students, Michael.

She added: ‘‘I feel very touched people nominated me and I am honoured to be taking part in such a prestigious event.’’

Queensferry’s Don Quate was nominated in recognition of his service to the RNLI in Queensferry over the past 37 years. A former Hewlett Packard employee, Don (66) works as a hotel maintenance man.

His RNLI service saw him begin as a crew member before taking on the role of helmsman. He is the current deputy launching authority at the local lifeboat station.

Don said: ‘‘I knew I had been nominated by the local RNLI but I never thought I would get to be a baton bearer. I am very pleased and happy to take part, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.’’

Don is hoping he will get to run the 200 metre relay section along past the lifeboat station at the Hawes Pier and joked the he might have to ‘‘clean his trainers’’ for the big day.