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Queen’s Baton Relay Begins Local Leg Sunday

The St. Lucia Olympic Committee (SLOC) Inc. is on the brink of host the Saint Lucia leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay starting this Sunday.

Queen’s Baton Relay organizers and participants at a briefing at St. Lucia Olympic House on Thursday afternoon.
Queen’s Baton Relay organizers and individuals at a briefing at St. Lucia Olympic Home on Thursday afternoon.

The Queen’s Baton arrives in Saint Lucia from Antigua and Barbuda tomorrow, Sunday, fifteenth Could and leaves Saint Lucia for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday, 18th Could.

The Relay started on seventh October, 2021, with Her Majesty The Queen putting her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. The Baton is now on its 294-day lengthy journey to each nook of the Commonwealth.

Fortuna Belrose, Chair of the Queen’s Baton Relay Committee (Saint Lucia) and Regional Vice-President of the Commonwealth Video games Federation, says preparations are going nicely for the Saint Lucia leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

“We have a great team of Saint Lucians who have come together to fine-tune the plans and arrangements for the Queen’s Baton Relay,” Belrose mentioned on Thursday. “Once it arrives in Saint Lucia, we hope to have a great reception for it at Commonwealth House (or the St. Lucia Olympic Committee House).”

The reception on Sunday night will embody dancers and drummers on the Commonwealth Home to showcase the cultural expertise from Saint Lucia. The Baton then strikes on to Authorities Home the place it will likely be introduced to Appearing Governor Basic, His Excellency Mr. Cyril Errol Melchiades Charles.

On Monday, quite a lot of courtesy calls will probably be made with the Baton, together with to Prime Minister Hon. Philip J. Pierre; Minister for Youth Improvement and Sports activities Hon. Kenson Casimir, and Mayor of Castries, Geraldine Lendor-Gabriel. A ship tour down the west coast will observe and options cricket star and change-maker, Daren Sammy.

On Tuesday, there will probably be visits to varied faculties within the metropolis and on the japanese and southern components of the island. Youth entrepreneur, Johanan Dujon, a change-maker who owns Algas Organics, is predicted to be featured alongside the route.

A courtesy go to to former Governor Basic, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, who has performed an integral position within the Queen’s Baton Relay for a few years, can be on the itinerary.

Athletes previous and current from varied sporting disciplines will carry the Baton at varied levels all through the Relay throughout the island. All through the Relay, historic websites, together with the long-lasting Pitons and Sulphur Springs, will probably be showcased.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is very significant because it really heralds the commencement of arrangements for the Commonwealth Games, which will be held from July 28 to August 8, 2022, in Birmingham, England,” Belrose defined. “The Queen’s Baton Relay really creates the excitement in the Commonwealth that the Games are definitely happening.”

As of tenth Could, 2022, 59 out of 72 Commonwealth Video games Associations have confirmed they’ll ship athletes to the 2022 Commonwealth Video games, together with Saint Lucia, which can area athletes from varied disciplines.

Saint Lucia first competed on the Commonwealth Video games in 1962. They appeared once more in 1970 and 1978, and have appeared in each Video games since 1994. Lately, Saint Lucia athletes have medaled on the Commonwealth Video games, together with Dominic Johnson and Levern Spencer, and within the Youth Commonwealth Video games, Rochelle Etienne and Julie Alfred.

Based mostly on earlier performances on the Commonwealth Video games, Belrose mentioned Saint Lucian athletes are poised for podium finishes at this yr’s internet hosting of the occasion.

“It’s a great hunting ground for us and we’re looking forward to some great performances this year from our athletes who have been working hard trying to qualify for the various events,” she mentioned. “So, hopefully, Saint Lucia can at least come through with a medal or two this year.”

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