Brilliant baton bearers

Wayne Moreland, who works at Sainsbury's Leven, has been chosen to carry the Queen's Commonwealth Baton 2014
Wayne Moreland, who works at Sainsbury's Leven, has been chosen to carry the Queen's Commonwealth Baton 2014

We speak to two local residents chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton...

You might say that Wayne Moreland is a force to be reckoned with. When it comes to sport, he does it all, from Tae Kwon Do, to running and football. So who better to carry the Queen’s Baton, the symbol of the Commonwealth Games, than a sports fanatic.

Lauren Duncan, a pupil at Kirkland High School, has also been chosen

Lauren Duncan, a pupil at Kirkland High School, has also been chosen

When he’s not working towards his black tags in Tae Kwon Do, or working out at Jax Gym, Wayne works at local supermarket Sainsbury’s two days a week, a job which he has had for seven years after starting out doing work experience.

He also attends the town’s Robert Gough Centre every week where his love of sport continues, taking part in athletics, ten pin bowling and horse riding.

Wayne (29) - who lives in Leven with mum Aileen and dad George - has already received his special, one off track suit which he will wear on the day and said he is really excited about the day: “I’m feeling good, I’m going to jog the route.”

But challenges such as this aren’t new to Wayne. The sports enthusiast has already climbed three Munros, raising money for Sick Kids in Edinburgh and was awarded fourth place for golf at the Leicester special olympics.

Wayne has also taken part in annual activities organised by the Ocean Youth Trust, and on at least four occasions he has joined others on a boat up the Clyde where he gets the opportunity to learn about sailing and teamwork.

Aileen, who is a teacher at Aberhill Primary School, nominated her son for the honour of carrying the baton, and couldn’t be more proud of what he has achieved.

“We’re just so thrilled that he got it. When we got the email I don’t think he fully understood it at the time. But now that the baton is in the UK, we’ve been showing him clips from the paper and I think it’s starting to hit home.”

Allan Cammock, manager at Sainsbury’s Leven said: “I want to say how extremely proud my colleagues and customers are that Wayne has been chosen to be a baton bearer for the Commonwealth Games. Wayne is a true inspiration to us all and we can’t wait to support and cheer him on.”

Most people will be walking or jogging when they carry the baton along their given route - but for Lauren Duncan, it could be more of a show!

The 17-year-old Kirkland High School pupil is an acomplished Highland dancer, having attended classes since she was just three 
years old.

And in June, she will be one of just a few people from across Fife who will take on the honour of carrying the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton along the route in 
the Kingdom.

Lauren, of Lower Methil, can’t hide her joy at being picked: “I’m really excited. We haven’t realy been told much about the route or anything yet, but I think I should hear from them in 
the next week.”

Lauren, currently sitting her fifth year exams, will take on the role of deputy head girl when she enters sixth year after the summer. But important positions are nothing new to her, as she has taken part in the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo for the last two years.

And she will return again this year, having been chosen as just one of ten other girls to form the Commonwealth dance troupe, who will join other commonwealth groups from across the globe at the world-famous event 
in August.

Her dancing has allowed Lauren to travel extensively, showing off her enviable footwork in many parts of Europe, including the Disneyland Paris parade.

Parents Peter and Sharon have been long-time champions of their daughter’s talents, and are delighted she can add this to her list of achievements.

Sharon said: “The whole family - especially her Gran! - are absolutely delighted for her, she has worked extremely hard this year both in and out of school, so deserves to reap the rewards.”

With another year at school to go, Lauren is keen to continue dancing, and said she would like to eventually teach when she is older.