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Corby’s Batonbearers for Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay confirmed

23 June 2022

Corby International Pool

Corby is gearing up to welcome the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to Corby East Midlands International Pool on Sunday 10 July and North Northamptonshire Council can now reveal who the local Batonbearers will be.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive at the Corby Cube at the slightly earlier time of 9.19am on 10 July and visit Corby East Midlands International Pool before leaving at 9.31am. The visit will be the last leg of its 29 day tour through the length and breadth of England which kicked off on Thursday 2 June to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. The tour is set recommence on Monday 25 July.

The purpose of the Queen’s Baton Relay is to provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer. Members of the public are encouraged to come along to stand outside the swimming pool to see the baton’s arrival and exit. The Corby Steel Spirit Cheerleaders will line the route into and out of the pool. (Due to the Northampton Swimming Club Summer Festival Long Course Open Meet taking place, no members of the public will be able to have access inside the facility).

Archie Evans of Corby Amateur Swimming Club (CASC) and Rebecca Johnson of Kettering Amateur Swimming Club have been selected as our local Batonbearers.

Archie was selected to be a Batonbearer by his coaches and teammates at CASC for being an inspirational character and always facing challenges head on by working hard to achieve his goals. He joined the club at just 10 years old to embark on his dream of becoming a competitive swimmer. Archie has since progressed through the sport as a club record holder, county champion, regional champion, regional record holder and onto regional and national teams competing in Ireland and Dubai.

Rebecca was selected by her club, Kettering Amateur Swimming Club, because of her commitment to swimming. Rebecca travels between 24 to 60 miles to train 4 times a week at Kettering and Oundle swimming pools. Rebecca is a phenomenal athlete with great natural talent. Along with her physical gifts she also has the best attitude and progressive mindset. Rebecca won Kettering's annual award for best Girl Junior Progression and Effort 2022. 

“As the time draws closer, we are so excited to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to Corby! Our local Batonbearers sound like truly inspirational and talented people and are very deserving to be involved in this poignant event. I look forward to cheering them both on on the day and hope that lots of residents will join me in doing so.” Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Helen Howell
“North Northants Council are proud to have been asked to be involved in this event and I hope that lots of people will come along on the day to see the Baton pass through Corby on it’s final leg of it’s journey through England.” Leader of North Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Jason Smithers