The Queen’s Baton Relay will enter Queen Elizabeth Park in style on Sunday when Sir Matthew Pinsent abseils it down the iconic ArcelorMittal Obrit.
The four-time Olympic gold medallist will kick-off a day of sporting celebration in London’s Olympic Park by dropping from the 114.5m sculpture, the tallest of its kind in the UK.
Sir Matthew will be joined by 30 others, including four from the steel company behind the Orbit, ArcelorMittal, before 20,000 are expected to partake in the Festival of Sport with 30 different activities to try.
"The Queen's Baton Relay coming to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be a fantastic celebration of sport and Team England ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games,” said Sir Matthew.
“I've volunteered to abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit, I'm nervous but excited and looking forward to the challenge. It will be a terrific day and will hopefully inspire Londoners to get behind Team England and to get active themselves."
Dennis Hone, Chief Executive London Legacy Development Corporation said: “We can’t wait to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and see Sir Matthew Pinsent abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit with the Baton - I hope he has a head for heights.
“I would encourage everyone to come on 8 June and have a go at one of the great free sports that will be on offer.”
Throughout the day the Baton will visit six zones of the Park that will stage exciting events and where it will be carried by six local community heroes nominated for their contributions to sports, coaching, education and the community in London.
The Festival of Sport is one of the flagship events in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Active People, Active Park programme, which offers local residents a huge range of opportunities to get active right on their doorstep.
This three year programme will see tens of thousands of people try new sports and take up old sports in and around the Park.
Sport England Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “I look forward to celebrating the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on its journey to Glasgow 2014.
“As well as helping build the excitement for the Games, it’s also inspiring people to get out and give sport a go at one of the many taster sessions taking place.
“This weekend promises to be a wonderful event, with a wide range of sports for Londoners to try out and I encourage everyone to come along to London’s newest public park and get involved.”
Before visiting London, the Queen’s Baton will have visited 68 of the 70 Commonwealth nations and will be en route to its final journey through Scotland to the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The XX Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August. Commonwealth Games England is sending a -strong team to compete across the 17 sports.