Saint Lucia is the fifth Caribbean Island that the Queen’s Baton will visit on a journey that will span the Commonwealth’s 70 nations and territories. The name Saint Lucia was given in honour of ‘Saint Lucy of Syracuse’ by the islands initial French settlers.
The baton began its journey around St Lucia when runner Michael Biscette took the Queen’s Baton into the gates of the official residence of the Governor-General Pearlette Louisy.
The baton was then held by the Governor-General, Queen’s Baton Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice President, Fortuna Belrose and the rest of the island’s batonbearers, in front of the official residence of the Governor General in Castries.
As part of the Lesser Antilles — a string of small islands that were formed on the meeting point of the South American and Caribbean tectonic plates — St Lucia quite often suffers from extreme weather. However, the sun was shining as Secretary of the St Lucia Golf Association and Glaswegian Joan Paul then took the opportunity to take the Queen's Baton through the island’s capital, Castries.
Sports Administrator and retired teacher Cosmos Robinson took the Queen's Baton to the students of Anse-La-Raye Primary School in Anse-la-Raye.
Cricket and netball are popular sports played by the people of Saint Lucia. Darren Sammy, the current captain of the West Indies Cricket Team is from Saint Lucia himself. Sammy was the first Saint Lucian to represent the West Indies when he made his debut in 2007 and has been the captain ever since.
Minister for Youth Development and Sport, Shawn Edwards, held the Queen's Baton between the busts of two of Saint Lucia's Nobel Prize winners, poet Derek Alton Walcott and economist Sir William Arthur Lewis.
In previous Commonwealth Games, Saint Lucia have won two bronze medals by high-jumper Dominic Johnson in the 2002 Manchester Games, and Laverne Spencer in high jump in Delhi 2010. Laverne Spencer will be one of the Saint Lucian athletes travelling to Glasgow!
The journey continues through the Caribbean...