Following much anticipation, the Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Nauru tomorrow, for a one and a half day relay. The Baton is currently travelling through Singapore, the 56th of its 71 Commonwealth destinations.
Honourable Dr Kieren Keke, Chef de Mission for Team Nauru at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, said they are looking forward to seeing everyone out joining in the Relay celebrations.
“This is a very special opportunity to see the Queen’s Baton and celebrate its journey through the Commonwealth.
“Nauru will have a welcome day for the Baton on Wednesday (1 Nov) and a round island relay day on Thursday (2 Nov).
“We are encouraging everyone to come to the airport tomorrow to welcome the Queen’s Baton as it arrives into Nauru at 1:30pm. And be part of an exciting Queen’s Baton Relay day on Thursday,” Dr Keke said.
The Acting President of the Nauru Commonwealth Games Association, Mr Dogabe Jeremiah, will receive the Queen’s Baton n arrival into Nauru and then presents the Baton to Nauru Minister for Sports, Hon. Tawaki Kam, M.P.
His Excellency Baron Divavesi Waqa MP, will host a reception at the Government Buildings on Wednesday evening to welcome the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay with invited guests, including our former and future Commonwealth Games athletes.
President Waqa stated, “my Government has declared Thursday a special public holiday in honour of the Queen’s Baton Relay. This will give all Nauruans the opportunity to see the Baton as it travels through all 14 districts on Thursday. We encourage everyone to be involved and we welcome you all to the launch of the relay at 8am on Thursday morning at Linkbelt Oval and again to the closing ceremony from 5pm at Linkbelt Oval.”
The relay will start at Linkbelt Oval in Aiwo and will travel clockwise around the coastline and up to Buada before finishing back at Linkbelt Oval by 5pm. The baton bearers will be past and present sporting heroes of Nauru as well as community representatives including children, youth, community elders (Young at Hearts), persons with disabilities, church representatives, community leaders and Members of Parliament.
Following the relay through Nauru, the Baton will travel to Kiribati to continue its 388-day journey to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
The international sector for the Queen’s Baton Relay is a joint initiative of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation in partnership with the Commonwealth Games Federation and locally with the Nauru Commonwealth Games Association and the Government of Nauru.
The Queen’s Baton Relay has been the traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games since the 1958 Games in Cardiff, Wales.
The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen, as a call to the Commonwealth to come together in friendly competition at the Games.
On an ambitious journey to connect with the modern and diverse Commonwealth of today, the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) will achieve two records: it will be the longest Relay ever, and the most accessible Relay to date.
The Relay will start at Buckingham Palace on Monday 13 March 2017 – Commonwealth Day. At the commencement ceremony Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will place Her message into the Baton and entrust its journey with thousands of baton bearers who will carry it around the Commonwealth.
Travelling for 388-days through all 71 nations and territories and covering over 230,000 kilometres, the Relay will be the longest in Commonwealth Games history.
Following the 288-day international journey, the Baton will return to Australia for a 100-day domestic sector. The final Baton bearer will return the Baton to Her Majesty The Queen (or Her Representative) at the Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018. The message will be removed from the Baton and read aloud to officially open GC2018.