Queen’s Baton To Arrive In Bermuda On May 22

May 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Bermuda on May 22, marking the 62nd destination out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories it will be visiting.

A spokesperson said, “On Sunday May 22nd 2022, Peter Dunne, Bermuda Olympic Association President and Branwen Smith-King, Bermuda Olympic Association 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 Batonbearers, athletes, and young people who are striving for change in their community.

“During it’s time in Bermuda, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit the town of St. George’s, Bailey’s Bay railway trail, Flora Duffy Stadium, and a few other notable places.

“The Queen’s Baton will be carried by multiple batonbearers of various backgrounds who have contributed greatly to not only Bermuda but also sports in Bermuda.

“The Queen’s Baton will arrive here 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 Commonwealth Games.

“The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay started at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when Her Majesty The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist and Team England athlete Kadeena Cox, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton.”

Bermuda Olympic Association president, Peter 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.”

Bermuda Olympic Association Secretary General, Branwen 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 Batonbearers.”

The spokesperson said, “The 16th 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 28 July 2022. 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 Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“For further information about the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay visit
www.birmingham2022.com/qbr

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