Pembrokeshire people join hundreds around the world with honour of carrying Queen’s Baton

By Paul Evans   |   Content editor   |
Thursday 30th June 2022 7:11 pm
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Paula Craig MBE (Pic supplied )

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When the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay travels through north Pembrokeshire on Friday, July 1, it will be carried by a host of local people, joining the hundreds around the world chosen for the honour.

Local schoolchildren, members of Fishguard Sea Cadets, people who make a real difference to their communities in Pembrokeshire and those with an inspiring story to tell are among the Batonbearers.

One with a truly inspiring story is Paula Craig MBE, from Fishguard.

Paula loved running marathons and taking on triathlons and while a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police in 2001 she was knocked from her bike while training for the Triathlete World Championships.

The collision left Paula with life-changing injuries but Paula was not one to give in.

In time she returned to her career, rising to become a Detective Inspector working with the Metropolitan Police’s Serious Crime Group and receiving an MBE for her service.

Paula also returned to her love of competing, winning a paratriathlon in Hawaii.

At the London Marathon, Paula is thought to be the first woman to have competed both as a runner initially and also as a wheelchair racer.

More recently Paula joined an attempt to relay-swim the English Channel for charity, swimming for an hour at a time in rotation with other team members. She is thought to be the first paraplegic person to attempt the crossing without a wetsuit.

Paula served with the police for 31 years, and has since become a motivational speaker.

Paula will have the honour of being the final Batonbearer of the Pembrokeshire relay, taking the Baton into Ysgol Bro Gwaun.

Pembrokeshire County Councillor Rhys Sinnett, the Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “We are delighted to have a great representation of people carrying the Baton in Pembrokeshire, from schoolchildren, to rising sports stars and those who help others enjoy and benefit from sport.

“We even have one Batonbearer in her nineties who is a prolific and recordbreaking indoor rower - proof that keeping active is so good for all of us as we get older.

“We hope the Baton Relay in Pembrokeshire and the Games in Birmingham inspire more people to get involved in sport, get more active and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.”

Spectators are encouraged to watch the Baton at Goodwick Parrog (arrival 10.50 am on Friday) as this is the most spacious of the venues.

The schedule for the Baton’s time in Pembrokeshire is:

• Morning - Arrive at Castell Henllys to proceed through the Iron Age village, carried by Eglwyswrw School pupils (not open to the public)

• 10.15 am - Arrive at Lower Town Fishguard for relay along the Harbour before transfer by boat to Goodwick (please note limited space for spectators)

• 10.50 am Goodwick Parrog - Come face to face with Jemima’s Army who repelled the Last Invasion of Britain, followed with Baton relay across Goodwick Beach

• 11.30 am - Relay into Ysgol Bro Gwaun where further activities are planned throughout the day (not open to the public) including a World record attempt at passing a rugby ball.

You will be able to follow details of the Baton’s journey on the social media accounts of Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Visit Pembrokeshire on the morning of July 1.

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