EY UK Chairman and Managing Partner attends Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton relay launch

9 October 2013

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Steve Varley, Chairman and Managing Partner UK & Ireland at EY, joined dignitaries representing the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and its supporters at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday morning (9 October 2013), as Her Majesty The Queen launched the Glasgow 2014 Queens’ Baton Relay on its global journey. EY is the Official Professional Advisor to the Games.

Accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen placed a message inside the baton calling the athletes of the Commonwealth to next summer’s Games. The baton, specially crafted in Scotland, will now travel to the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, including spending 40 in Scotland, before completing its journey at the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow on 23 July.

Sprint legend Allan Wells, winner of two Commonwealth Gold Medals and the 100m Olympic title at the 1980 Olympic Games, was the first athlete to receive the baton, joined by honorary batonbearer Monica Dzonzi, UNICEF youth ambassador from Malawi.

Crowds gathered outside the Palace as the celebrations began to cheer on Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Gold Olympian, double Commonwealth champion and UNICEF UK ambassador, and the baton’s special during the processional journey to the Palace.

Steve said: “It was fantastic to be part of such a special celebration and to see the baton off on its way. EY has a presence in many of the countries and territories the baton will visit during its monumental journey and I hope our staff will take keen interest in its progress.

“Closer to home, I’m immensely proud that EY is able to support the Organising Committee in realising its vision of an outstanding athlete-centred event. Through our support, we are contributing to the positive impact and the lasting legacy of the Games on Glasgow, Scotland and the UK.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay is the world’s most engaging relay, a special tradition of the Games that unites the two billion citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace.

Over 248 days and 190,000km the baton will visit all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth and be the first baton to ever visit Rwanda.