Glenrothes cycling ace proud to carry baton

Rodney Dawson
Rodney Dawson

A Glenrothes man will carry the Queen’s Baton when it makes it finally makes its way to Fife this week.

Rodney Dawson, 44, who has been registered deaf since birth, will carry the baton on Thursday as it makes its tour around Scotland after its 248 day journey around the other Commonwealth countries.

Rodney was nominated to take part in the Baton Relay by his good friend, Paul McCusker. who thought that he deserved some sort of recognition for all his hard work that he has done with the Scottish Deaf Mountain Bike, a group for the deaf and hard of hearing who enjoy mountain biking all over Scotland.

Rodney has been coordinator for the Scottish Deaf Mountain Bike Club for a number of years now and he ensures that cyclists can enjoy cycling both on road and off-road, and has set up variety of sites in Scotland for keen mountain bikers to visit.

He said: “I feel absolutely brilliant about taking part and being nominated and that people recognise me for my work with Scottish Deaf MTB is great.”

Rodney will take over the baton which will leave from the Michael Woods Centre in the town before Rodney passes it on to the next baton bearer at another location in Glenrothes for the next leg of its journey as it heads to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from July 23 until August 3.