After a three week adventure through the islands of the Caribbean, the Queen’s Baton Relay returned to the Americas to meet the people of Belize, Bermuda and Canada.
Belize is situated on the north-eastern coast of Central America, and the baton criss-crossed the entire island to be proudly welcomed by enthusiastic local communities. Cyclist Orson Butler and a parade of cyclists relayed the baton to Memorial Park, where three trees were planted to celebrate the baton's arrival and the 88th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.
The baton began it's day on the islands of Bermuda carried by boat, foot, bicycle, and even horse-drawn carriage and classic motorbike!
The sun shone down on rowers from the St George’s Sea Cadets as they took the baton out on the turquoise waters from Convict Bay into the nearby town harbour. As the baton was brought ashore, heralded by the Town Crier, actors in period costume performed in the historic and colourful town centre of St. George’s – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When the baton reached the Botanical Gardens and Agricultural Exhibition, it was met by sporting legends including Clarence ‘Nicky’ Saunders, who won High Jump Gold at Auckland 1990. His record jump height remained a Commonwealth Games record for 24 years!
The birthplace of the Commonwealth Games, Canada is one of the most successful nations in the competition’s history. It boasts an incredible 1,389 medals – 435 of which are Gold.
The baton's visit to Canada commemorated the 1930 British Empire Games with athletes of past, present and future joining the celebrations in Hamilton. The ‘Athletes of the Decades’ ceremony included 98 year old Vi Smith who competed in the half-mile at the London 1934 British Empire Games, and hopefuls for competitors Glasgow 2014, including gymnast Maegan Chant.
No journey around Canada would be complete without a visit to the Niagara Falls – the perfect way to end the baton’s majestic journey around North America.
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