“I’m proud to be a Bahamian, give my thanks to my Maker” boomed the sound truck through the lively streets of Nassau.
These were the celebrations that kicked off the Queen’s Baton Relay in the Bahamas – the 57th destination of this momentous journey around the Commonwealth.
Giving thanks to the ‘Maker’ was a common thread throughout the weekend, with prayers held for Her Majesty The Queen, the Commonwealth, the baton, the relay and all participants and organisers. The third time the Queen’s Baton Relay had visited on an Easter weekend, it was welcomed into the Bahamas with much enthusiasm.
As the sound truck continued to introduce the relay to passers-by, athletes from the judo and rugby associations, the Nassau Rowing Club and the children of the Road Runners Track Club ran along the tree-lined streets, holding the baton aloft in the Caribbean sunshine.
Two of these proud batonbearers were Bahamas Judo Association siblings D’Arcy and Cynthia Rahming, who will be representing their country at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this summer.
At the rear of the relay convoy were the Conquerors of Christ Junkanoo band, playing their trombones, tubas and drums all the way to the national stadium. Here, members of the Bahamas National Council for Disability held the baton and posed for photographs before the Creative Folklore Arts Company danced, with the stadium acting as an inspiring backdrop.
On Easter Sunday the Queen’s Baton attended a service at the Church of God as guest of the Bahamas Olympic Committee. The baton was passed around the smiling congregation who took photos, and a blessing was once more given for all organisers and participants, the athletes who had run and who will travel to Glasgow, and for the baton’s safe onward journey to its next destination, Belize.
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