On Wednesday 6th July 2022 local Ash Vale resident Alex Bliss was among the Queen’s Baton Relay holders in Aldershot, ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Baton containing the queen’s message was taken along part of Queens Avenue and into Aldershot Military Stadium. The Dolphin Marching Band also provided some pomp to the proceedings, playing “Chariots Of Fire”. Local schools from Aldershot were invited to watch and take part in a sporting event hosted by the Aldershot Military after the relay.
The Baton holders
The baton holders selected for the local section of the baton relay include local people Martin Tye from Farnborough and Alex Bliss from Ash Vale.
Alex is a dedicated volunteer who helps out with a number of roles at Ash Tennis Club, and has been actively involved in helping to proactively improve inter-generational links and tackle anti-social behaviour in her neighbourhood.
Martin was left with life-changing injuries and in a wheelchair after being injured in Afghanistan 2009 while serving in the British Army. He is a disabled strongman with a Guinness World Record for a seated deadlift of 505kg and is the co-founder of the Arnold Sports Festival UK disabled strongman competition. He has also volunteered as a disabled water ski instructor, aiding fellow injured servicemen and women through their rehabilitation. He inspires so many to strive to achieve their goals regardless of disability.