Crowds cheer on Claudia as she carries Games' baton

PROUD FAMILY: Standing, from left, grandfather Basil Edelman, Claudia, mother Susan and father David. Seated, grandmother Gloria Jacobson

THE Commonwealth Games came to the community on Wednesday with the Queen's Baton Relay.

Claudia Edelman had the honour of carrying the baton in Rouken Glen Park and was cheered on by family, friends and fellow 5th Giffnock Guides members.

The 20-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, is a brownie leader, volunteers for Cosgrove Care and helps out at Calderwood Lodge.

She was nominated to carry the baton by 5th Giffnock leader Evy Yedd, who was unable to cheer her on as she was in Israel.

Also missing out were Claudia's sisters Zoe, who is in Israel as an FZY tour leader, and Monica, who was on holiday.

COSGROVE REPRESENTATIVE: Cosgrove Care service user Paul McDaid takes part in the Queen's Baton Relay

Claudia said: "I was very nervous and woke up really early. I was shaking when carrying the baton - it was heavier than I expected. It was great to see so many people."

Claudia's mother Susan said: "It's a huge moment for Claudia and we couldn't be prouder."

Her father David added: "It's going to be difficult to bring Claudia back down to earth - she was so excited about taking part."

Earlier in the day, Cosgrove Care staff, service users and volunteers cheered on Paul McDaid.

The 23-year-old carried the baton in Newton Mearns, having been nominated by Cosgrove.

In December 2010, Paul, who has Down's syndrome, contracted swine flu, developing serious complications.

He was in intensive care for 16 days in an induced coma on a ventilator and also underwent a tracheotomy. He was in hospital for eight weeks and in a wheelchair for some months.

Once out of the wheelchair, Paul was physically week and his mental state was affected.

His family decided that he needed a fitness regime to regain his strength. He has shed more than two stone and loves exercising.

Paul is a Cosgrove shop volunteer and also works at Waitrose.

Also taking part in the relay will be Nick Cohen, who was nominated by Young Scot.

Nick will be carrying the Queen's Baton in Glasgow on Tuesday (10.30am), from the middle of the pedestrian suspension bridge over the River Clyde, along Carlton Place and onto Bridge Street.

Nick, the younger son of Elaine and Barry Cohen, has won several young entrepreneur awards.

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