Scotland’s Women Cricketers swap bats for batons for the Queen’s Baton Relay
Seven of Scotland’s women cricketers are swapping their bats for a royal baton, as they take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The women - who play for Scotland’s international side and the U17 squad - will run with the baton in different areas of the country throughout June and July, ahead of the big event.
The women were also present today (Monday) at the first day of the Cricket National Schools Finals Week at Stirling County Cricket Club. The Finals, taking place in Stirling and Perth this week, will see 100s of school children competing in matches from across the country.
The female cricketers taking part in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay include:
Kari Carswell (age 31) is coach of the Scotland Women and was nominated by Stirling Cricket Club for services to cricket coaching and development on a regional and national basis. Kari was previously Captain of Scotland Women and will be running in Riverside, Stirling on 6th July.
Kirstie Gordon (16) plays for the Scotland Women team and was nominated by PE Teacher and Head Coach at Huntly for her commitment to sport and for junior coaching in the local community. She will run with the baton in Huntly on 2nd July.
Liz Priddle (20) plays for Scotland Women and was nominated by a family member for excellence in cricket and for enthusiasm for coaching junior cricket in the Moray area. She will be running in her home village of Lhanbryde, Moray on 3rd July.
Zoe Conway (18) plays for the Scotland Women team and was nominated by a family member for excellence in cricket and enthusiasm for coaching juniors at her club. She is anticipated to run in the Perth & Kinross area early July.
Abbi Aitken (23) Abbi was nominated by fellow player, Annette Drummond, for services to Cricket and her captaincy of the Scotland Women side (60 caps). She has been selected to run at Glamis Castle on 28th June.
Abtaha Maqsood (14) Abtaha was nominated by a family member for excellence in cricket and in Taekwon-do, where she teaches a junior class and holds a black belt. Abataha plays for the U17 squad and is expected to run on 16th July in the Glasgow area.
Caitlin Heathcote (16) plays for the U17 squad and was nominated by St Marys Music School for combining music with excellence in cricket and for her enthusiasm for coaching young cricketers. She participated in the run as it made its way through Edinburgh on 14th June.
Kari Carswell, Coach of the Scotland Women, said:
“I’m delighted that so many of our female players have been selected to take part in this prestigious event. They are a fantastic bunch of athletes with a tremendous work ethic and commitment to sport and their communities, and it’s a great honour for so many to be participating. I know it means a lot to them. The Scotland Women team is training hard as we approach the Global Qualifiers for the Womens’ Cricket World Cup, so it’s an exciting year for us.”