THE BIRMINGHAM 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay has marked the 200th day of its tour of the Commonwealth ahead of the games.
Over recent weeks the baton has made its way across nations and territories in the Americas and the Caribbean, including Belize, Guyana, Grenada, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.
The Relay officially began its 294-day long journey in October and is currently visiting all 72 Commonwealth nations and territories, bringing cultures and communities together in the lead up to Birmingham 2022.
When each Commonwealth Games Association hosts the Queen’s Baton, it organises an impressive schedule of events to celebrate their local heroes, untold stories, and sustainability efforts.
When the Baton was in Guyana, batonbearers walked amongst the treetops along the 30-metre-tall suspension bridges, which form the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.
During the Relay, firefighter and Guyana’s first para-athlete Walter Grant-Stuart took the role of Batonbearer.
The Baton was plunged underwater at St George’s Harbour in Grenada as it visited the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, featuring life casts of members of the local community.
While in the Cayman Islands, which marked the 50th destination, the Baton was taken to visit schoolchildren, hospital staff and medical centres, as well as the local wildlife, including stingrays and turtles.
Kaeden Wright, batonbearer in the Cayman Islands, said: “It was such an honour to carry the Baton in the Cayman Islands, the Baton’s 50th destination.
“There’s a connection between living on the island, our oceans, and our culture, and that’s why marine conservation is important to me.
“By helping to preserve my culture, it also helps to preserve the environment.
“I hope by taking on the role of batonbearer I have been able to create awareness for the conservation of the environment and my culture.”
The Queen’s Baton will arrive back in England in June for a four-day visit to London, coinciding with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend, before resuming the international journey.
It later returns to England in July to commence a 25-day tour across all remaining regions.