Trinbago Athletes in Commonwealth Day Celebrations

March 17, 2024

Matthew Ward and Niamh Trainer, flag bearers at the Commonwealth Youth Games last summer, were Team Scotland’s representatives at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday 11th March.

Both athletes shared their sporting achievements with school children and took part in media activity before the service, with netball player Niamh then joining athletes from England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the procession down the aisle. Matthew, who won seven medals in the pool at Trinbago 2023, was given the honour of mace bearer, leading the Royal Family in and out of the Abbey.

“It was an honour to have taken part in the service and hold the mace,” said Matthew, reflecting on his experience.

“It was an once in a lifetime opportunity and I will forever cherish it.”

Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth on the second Monday in March every year. It provides an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international cooperation, and the work of Commonwealth organisations, including the Commonwealth Games Federation. The Commonwealth Service takes place in the presence of some 2,000 guests including Members of The Royal Family, Commonwealth and UK dignitaries, diplomatic representatives, and members of the public, in addition to young people from across the UK.

“I was very honoured and grateful to be invited,” said Niamh. “It was a truly awesome experience to represent Scotland in celebrating the unity of the Commonwealth. To be surrounded by excellent athletes and so many inspiring people from all over the world made it a brilliant and unforgettable day.”

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