Queen’s Baton To Arrive In Bermuda On April 25

April 10, 2014

On Friday, 25 April 2014, the Queen’s Baton will arrive in Bermuda as part of the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay leading up to the XX Commonwealth Games.

The Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 9 October 2013 with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II placing her message of goodwill in the Baton. It will conclude on 23 July 2014 at the opening ceremony of the Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Queen’s Baton relay has been the traditional lead up to the “Friendly Games” since it was first established as part of the official programme for Cardiff 1958.

Over the course of the 248-day Relay leading to the 2014 Games, the Baton will be carried through all 71 nations of the Commonwealth, covering 190,000 kilometers. Thousands of people will carry the Baton, a powerful symbol of the unity and diversity of the Commonwealth of Nations and the core values of the Commonwealth Games Federation: humanity, equality and destiny.

The Bermuda Olympic Association [BOA] has planned a detailed programme of events to celebrate the Baton’s arrival on the island.

The Baton will be met at L.F. Wade International Airport by dignitaries including Minister of Tourism Development and Transport Shawn Crockwell, BOA President Judy Simons and John Morbey, 1966 Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist.

Mr. Juman Yassin, Commonwealth Games Federation [CDF] Regional Vice President of the Americas, will accompany the QBR team.

On Saturday, 26 April and Sunday, 27 April, the Relay will see the Baton taken to many of Bermuda’s locations, and the Baton will be taken to Canada on 27 April for the continuation of the Relay.

The Relay will conclude with the removal and reading of Her Majesty’s message at the Games’ opening ceremonies on 23 July. The XX Commonwealth Games will run for 11 days until 3 August 2014.

Saturday, 26 April 2014 

  • 9:00 a.m. King’s Square, St. George’s
  • 10:00 a.m. Palm Grove, Devonshire
  • 10:45 a.m. Government House, Pembroke
  • 11:30 a.m. National Sports Centre, Devonshire
  • 12:00 p.m. Flagpole, City of Hamilton to Cabinet Office
  • 12:30 p.m. House of Assembly, City of Hamilton
  • 1:30 p.m. 141 Front Street, City of Hamilton
  • 2:15 p.m. Agricultural Exhibition, Botanical Gardens, Paget
  • 3:30 p.m. South Shore, Warwick
  • 4:00 p.m. WindReach Recreational Village, Warwick

Sunday, 27 April 2014

  • 10:00 a.m.Crystal Cave, Hamilton Parish

BOA President Judy Simons said, “We are honoured to, once again, receive the Queen’s Baton in Bermuda and, with the cooperation of various government departments, our national sports governing bodies and our athletes, we have created an exciting itinerary for the Bermuda leg of the Relay.

“I know that the Baton’s presence here will generate interest and excitement about the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as well as positive international exposure for Bermuda.”

Mrs. Simons added, “This year, we expect to have a team of at least thirty athletes representing Bermuda at the Commonwealth Games, competing in the following sports: Athletics, Swimming, Cycling, Gymnastics, Squash and Triathlon. The BOA is pleased to have been able to assist those fine young people on their ‘journey to success’”.

Bermuda first competed in the Commonwealth Games in 1930 at Hamilton, Canada and has only missed four editions of the Games. The Island has five Commonwealth Games medalists including Clarence ‘Nicky’ Saunders, John Morbey, Antoine Jones, Conrad Lister and Brian Wellman.

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  1. Steve Biko says:

    Celebrating peasants !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!