July 19, 2022

Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay visits Archery GB HQ

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay visited various locations in Telford and Wrekin including Lilleshall National Sports Centre, the home of Archery GB.

GB's Para Archery team gave an archery demonstration while staff from Archery GB lined the route to cheer on the Batonbearer.

Although archery is not part of this year's Games, Archery GB has been granted a share of £6.5m of National Lottery funding awarded by Sport England to innovate and drive participation in sports from under-represented groups - with support targeted to areas most in need.

Sports bodies who want to use non-traditional or digital ideas to improve participation rates in areas of England where activity levels are the lowest will benefit from the cash injection.

The Telford leg of the baton relay began with a visit to the top of the Wrekin at sunrise followed by a visit to Ironbridge where it was transported by coracle along the River Severn.

The baton was also carried through The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Blist Hill Victorian Town before travelling on to Telford Town Park and then Newport before finishing the Shropshire leg of its journey at Lilleshall.

Neil Armitage, CEO of Archery GB, said: "We were delighted to have the Queen's Baton relay event come to Lilleshall, the home of Archery GB. This is a place where our archers can come together to celebrate all that is inclusive, diverse and exciting about the sport along with competing on home soil in high profile competitions such as the European Youth Championships next month.

"It was a fantastic day with the majority of our para team here to demonstrate their skills as the baton was carried past.

"Our athletes have had an incredible year so far, competing in national and international competitions, winning medals on the world stage and raising the profile of this wonderful sport. Archery seeks to break down barriers and is one of the only sports in which non-disabled and disabled participants as well as widely different ages can compete against each other.

"With our Commonwealth Games legacy funding scheme taking place throughout the West Midlands it was fitting that the baton should pass through Lilleshall on its last leg before going to Staffordshire."

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