Commonwealth Games: Queen’s Baton Relay to begin Bermuda leg
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay has arrived in Bermuda and will begin a circuitous route around the island beginning on Sunday, aided by several dignitaries and celebrities in sport.
Bermuda is the 62nd destination out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories that the baton will be visiting before settling in the West Midlands for the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.
On Sunday, Peter Dunne, president of the Bermuda Olympic Association, and Branwen Smith-King, the secretary-general, will officially welcome the baton.
A busy schedule of activities and events are planned for the Queen’s Baton Relay, with opportunities to showcase untold stories from baton-bearers, athletes and young people who are striving for change in their community.
During its time in Bermuda, the relay will visit the Town of St George, the Railway Trail in Bailey’s Bay, Flora Duffy Stadium, and a few other notable places.
The baton will be carried by people of various backgrounds who have contributed greatly to not only Bermuda but also sport in Bermuda.
The baton arrives having previously visited St Vincent & the Grenadines.
Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition for the quadrennial event.
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay started at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2021, when the Queen placed her “Message to the Commonwealth” into the baton and passed it to four-times Paralympic gold medal-winner Kadeena Cox, of England, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of baton-bearers.
Dunne said: “I am delighted that Bermuda is a part of this extraordinary journey. It’s a way to highlight and promote the culture, people and natural beauty of Bermuda across the Commonwealth.”
Smith-King said: “We are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay in our community and are well on track with our planning for the occasion. Everyone here is excited to get involved with the festivities and to cheer on the baton-bearers.”
The sixteenth official Queen’s Baton Relay is an epic journey covering the entirety of the Commonwealth as it will travel to all 72 nations and territories, covering a distance of 140,000 kilometres. For 269 days, the baton will travel to Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas, before it embarks on the final stretch of its journey across England for 25 days.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will complete its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on July 28. This is a traditional and fundamental part of the Games and the Opening Ceremony, as the final baton-bearer will pass the baton back to the Queen. The Queen’s message to the Commonwealth will then be removed from the baton and read aloud, marking the official start of the Games.
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