Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Arrives in Dominica
The 2014 Queen’s Relay Baton arrived on Island, today, Wednesday March 19th 2014.
The officials, who accompanied the baton, were welcomed by Dominica’s indigenous people – the Kalinagos, during a display of their traditional dance.
President of the DOC – Dominica Olympic Committee, Mr. Felix Wilson who was at the Melville Hall Airport to welcome the officials, highlighted the importance of the Commonwealth with our celebration of Commonwealth Day.
The recently held Youth Parliament, where the students debated the importance of the Commonwealth was also highlighted.
Dominica, he noted will continue to participate in the Commonwealth Games expected to be held in Glasglow, London later this year.
While on Island, the baton will travel through a number of communities, where athletes will relay it.
The baton first started its relay in Buckingham Palace on October 9th 2013 and has been to Asia, Oceania, Africa and now the Americas and the Caribbean.
It will later travel to Europe and back to Britain and then travel 40 days around Scotland.
The team accompanying the baton includes; Mike Leyton – Security Guard for the baton, Jordan Holder-Mansfield – the Queen’s baton Relay photojournalist, and Fortuna Belrose – the Commonwealth Games Federation Representative.
A team of journalists from (BBC) British Broadcasting Corporation is also on Island, to shoot scenes Island-wide for a documentary of the baton’s journey across Dominica.
The baton contains the Queen’s message that will be opened and read on July 23rd 2014, during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.