Squash ace joins Sheffield relay leg

Squash champion Nick Matthew
Squash champion Nick Matthew

Champion squash player Nick Matthew is to help welcome the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay to Sheffield.

The former High Storrs School pupil and current Commonwealth squash champion will join three baton-bearers for the relay on Sunday, June 1, as Sheffield sports fans get on their marks for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Nick, who has won the British Open and World Open tournaments three times, said: “I am thrilled to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay in my home town.

“It will be a great opportunity for people to see some of the fantastic sporting activity in Sheffield.”

The baton, carried by community heroes Elizabeth Sorsby, Tricia Memmott and Joanne Strong, will visit High Bradfield, Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen, and the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe.

The leg will begin at 9am at St Nicholas’ Church, High Bradfield, before heading to the village green in Low Bradfield.

Visitors will be able to have their photo taken with the baton and Nick before it heads to Concord.

The final stop for the baton will be the EIS, where it will make a brief visit to celebrate Nick’s unveiling in the hall of champions.

There will still be a chance to have a photo with the baton as it arrives at the venue at about 2.30pm for the invite-only event.

Paul Billington, Sheffield Council director of culture and environment, said: “This is our opportunity to cheer on Team England in the run up to the Commonwealth Games and I’m sure the events will make it a day to remember. We are proud to be hosting the baton.”