'Amazing experience' as disability campaigner Georgina carries Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton

July 28 2022
'Amazing experience' as disability campaigner Georgina carries Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton

A DISABILITY campaigner from Chipping Sodbury says it was an "amazing experience" to carry the Queen's Baton on its journey to the Commonwealth Games.

Georgina Moore, who grew up in Frampton Cotterell and founded the GEM Boccia Club in Yate, carried the baton on to the pier at the Wave inland surfing lake in Easter Compton as it visited the region in July. 

Georgina Moore, who lives in Chipping Sodbury and founded the GEM Boccia Club in Yate, carried the baton on to the pier at the Wave inland surfing lake in Easter Compton as it visited the region in July.

The baton is the Commonwealth Games' equivalent of the Olympic Torch and contains a goodwill message form the Queen, which was due to be read out at the start of the Games in Birmingham.

Since last October has been on a journey across the 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, and during its final trip around the host nation it visited the Wave as well as a boxing gym in Bristol.

Georgina, who has a severe physical disability, won the BBC Sports Personality South West Unsung Hero Award in 2019 for her work with the accessible sports club and was nominated as a baton bearer by her dad Terry, to recognise her work with Gem Boccia Club and Boccia England.

She carried the baton on the final stage of its journey in South Gloucestershire, where it was also taken for a surf by the artificial lake's founder Nick Hounsfield.

Georgina said: "It was nerve-racking but an amazing experience. 

"The biggest memory was going out through the doors and seeing the surf board guard of honour and at the end.

"There were so many people cheering and talking photographs – wow!

"It was an unbelievable feeling – another amazing experience that I will never forget."

"Thank you to every single one of you who came to watch and support me. I was overwhelmed with the support." 

Nick said: "Being selected as a venue for the Queen’s Baton to visit is an absolute honour and today was a great celebration and a chance for everyone to experience the excitement of the run up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games."

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opened on July 28 and continue until August 9.