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Introducing Birmingham 2022 Queen's Relay Batonbearer Ben Begg

Published on Friday, 15th July 2022

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Looking forward to the big day, Batonbearer Ben Begg

Batonbearers were nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community and being an inspiration to others.

As we look towards welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Nuneaton and Bedworth on the 21 July, we are proud to introduce Borough Batonbearer, Ben Begg.

Ben will be riding a bike around our ‘Miners’ Mountain Bike Trails in Miners’ Welfare Park, Bedworth on the last leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

He has been a volunteer at RIP:STARS, a young disabled researchers group based in Coventry for over five years. During that time he has been a fantastic role model and has worked tirelessly for the rights of disabled children and young people.

His contribution and hard work in the group has been instrumental to their success and to the impact they have had in changing attitudes towards disabled children and young people.

His voluntary work also led Ben into a role within the NHS as an autism peer support worker on a pilot programme implementing adjustments in mental health services.

Ben also coaches children in multiple sports to support inclusion in their community. He is an inspiring individual who is full of energy and dedicated to improving the lives of others.

Ben said:

"My story starts when I was very young and at the age of seven I  was diagnosed with Dyspraxia. As I got older, transitioning to secondary school was very difficult. With lack of support I ended up attending five different schools and was finally diagnosed with Autism at the age of 16.

"In 2016 my mum connected me with an organisation in Coventry called Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire. From their I got involved in various community projects, one of which was the community Slow Roll bike rides around the city.

"Lockdown was a difficult time for me, struggled with my mental health and also being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and having to walk with crutches for months. I want to help people whose stories are similar to mine, this is why I am proud to be riding a bike for the baton relay around Bedworth Miners’ Welfare Park.''

Find out where the Baton will travel in Nuneaton and Bedworth and how you can get involved.