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Zah shocked by relay role

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 June 2014

Chris Zah poses with Jim Howell and the Queen's Baton at the Olympic Park in Stratford

Chris Zah poses with Jim Howell and the Queen's Baton at the Olympic Park in Stratford

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Athletics coach acts as baton bearer

Athletics coach Chris Zah admits that he was so shocked when he got the message telling him he’d been selected for the Queen’s Baton Relay that he almost didn’t reply.

Zah was selected to represent Tower Hamlets and participate in the Queen’s Baton Relay because of the work he has put in to help get young people into sport over the last 10 years.

Zah, from Mile End, trains a range of athletes from recreational talents to international stars and also provides support sessions for other coaches in the area.

And his commitment to sport was recognised as he joined five others to carry the Baton around the Olympic Park – an experience that he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

“It was great to carry the Queen’s Baton and meet the others from different boroughs,” he said. “When I first heard the news I didn’t even want to reply because I was so shocked.

“It means a lot to me to be rewarded for the work that I do for free in my borough, because I coach children five or six times per week, so I’m really happy.

“Hopefully with people like little old Chris Zah carrying the Baton among Commonwealth athletes and walking around the Olympic Stadium that will help to inspire others,” he added.

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