- Seven weeks to go until Glasgow
- England Sevens look ahead to Commonwealth Games
With less than seven weeks until sevens kicks off at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, England’s Tom Mitchell and Phil Burgess joined other Team England athletes at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the Queen’s Baton Relay and Festival of Sport.
The event marked day nine of the baton’s journey through the country and in an exciting entrance Sir Matthew Pinsent abseiled down the iconic 114.5 mere-high ArcelorMittal Obrit with it in hand.
The baton set off from London last October and has travelled 190,000 kilometres through the Commonwealth, building support for the teams and inspiring participation in sport. It now makes it way up to Glasgow in time for the start of the Games on July 23rd. England Sevens will compete at the Ibrox Stadium between July 26/7.
“It is brilliant that the Commonwealth Games is coming back to the UK, it is an amazing celebration of sport,” said Sir Matthew Pinsent. “Sevens is one of the stand-out events for me, it has been a great addition in recent Games and I think in Glasgow it will be special.”
Team sports, including sevens, were introduced for the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur and since then England’s highest finish has been in 2006 in Melbourne, where they won silver. This summer they face Australia, Uganda and Sri Lanka in pool D.
Mitchell added: “Preparations are going well, and we took a lot of momentum out of the season. We had some good results towards the end and have shown that we can beat any team on the circuit.
“It has been a bit of a journey over the last nine to 10 months. We have learned a lot as a group as we move forwards and are constantly developing which is important. There is a lot of confidence and belief in the squad at the moment and we will be going up to Glasgow hoping to do well.”
Sevens is one of 17 sports on show in Glasgow and extensive coverage will be available on the BBC.