The Queen’s Baton Relay, (similar to the Olympic Torch Relay) is a relay around the world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. The 2018 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Gold Coast 2018, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia between the 4th. and 15th. April 2018.
On Friday morning Castries Mayor Peterson Francis and other members of the Castries Constituency Council received members of the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay Team who made a stop in Saint Lucia.
Beginning on the 13th. March 2017, it travels for 388 days, spending time in every nation and territory of the Commonwealth. It will arrive on the Gold Coast for the Opening Ceremony of the Games on the 4th. April 2018.
The Queen’s Baton was initially received on Friday June 9th. by Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy, and then taken through a number of schools across St Lucia.
In a ceremony at the CCC this morning, Mayor Peterson Francis received the baton. Also present was Hon. Fortuna Belrose- Minister in the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government welcomed the members of the Queen’s Baton Relay team.
Other officials in attendance were Mayor Peterson Francis, Deputy Mayor Justine St. Croix, CCC CEO Ms. Anselma Calderon, Members of the Saint Lucia Commonwealth Games Committee, and staff of the CCC.
Soon after the official ceremony the baton was walked, by Mayor Francis, from the CCC offices to the Castries Market and Vendor’s Arcade where he interacted with vendors and patrons, and also posed for photos with students and other persons.
The last Commonwealth Games (XX Commonwealth Games) were held in Glasgow, Scotland.