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Young Scots honoured by baton relay experience

Martin Summers, Young Scot

Martin Summers, Youth Engagement Manager at Young Scot tells his story of being a batonbearer in the Queen's Baton Relay.

I had the absolute honour to participate in the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay in Shetland on Tuesday 1 July.

Being nominated by friends and young people that I have supported during my time within the youth sector made it even more special. I was being recognised for my work with Shetland Islands Council Youth Services, and with Young Scot and my role in the national Youth Legacy Ambassador programme.

Waiting for my turn to take the baton was a nerve wracking experience but also held personal significance because I was being passed the baton from a young person, Sam Maver, a Youth Legacy Ambassador from Shetland who I have supported locally for a number of years. Sam is part of the Young Scot Legacy Ambassador Programme, which sees over 130 young ambassadors, and champions and connects their peers to the lasting benefits the Games 2014.

Martin Summers with Youth Legacy Ambassadors. All in batonbearer uniformSam and the other Shetland Youth Legacy Ambassadors are a truly great example that the whole of Scotland can benefit from the Games coming to Scotland. For example, the Shetland young people secured over 400 trees to be delivered to the island to create a new area of woodland to commemorate the Commonwealth Games, helping to promote sustainable legacy within their local community.

Carrying the baton has been one of the highlights of my career and I took the time to reflect on the young people that I have supported at a local and national level, many whom were also baton bearers across Scotland. The baton relay has enabled us to celebrate the amazing things young people are doing in their communities from Shetland to the Borders, from our largest cities to our smallest villages. Moments like these reiterate my behalf that Scotland's greatest asset is our young people!