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Nation Celebrates Queen Baton

PM Spencer carries the baton along the routeAntigua St. John'a - Antigua & Barbuda will compete in the Commonwealth Games scheduled for Glasgow in July.

To celebrate the event, the nation took part in the Queen's Baton Relay on Saturday, the second largest relay in the world.

Scores of people from all sections of society took part in the activity expected to raise international recognition.

President of the Antigua & Barbuda National Olympic Committee Senator Paul Chet Greene is the chief organiser of the local relay.



Greene, a senator and candidate for the opposition Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party, said the relay is not a partisan exercise.

"This is about nation and we must all get together to show the rest of the world what we have to offer so far as our culture and life in Antigua," he said.

The NOC president added that the level of participation demonstrated that the country can come together.
"I am pleased that we were able to get everyone involved and that they came out no matter what and showcased Antigua & Barbuda to the rest of the world," he said.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and opposition leader Gaston Browne carried the baton along the route at different stages.

The baton arrived in Antigua & Barbuda on Friday from Dominica, and will leave for Montserrat next week.

Governor General Dame Louise Lake Tack, along with Spencer and other officials, were at the VC Bird Airport for a brief ceremony for the baton's arrival.

The Queen's Baton Relay is a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolizes the coming together of all nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and
culture.

Opposition leader Gaston Browne

This relay began in Glasgow, October last year, and when completed would have travelled 190,000 kilometres around 71 countries.

Fifteen Caribbean nations, including Antigua & Barbuda, will showcase their art and culture during the relay.

Locally, the relay started at Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour and travelled throughout the country, including the city of St John's.

There were a number of stops along the way at schools, churches, and other places of interest in the country.

At different stages, certain organisations and clubs carried the baton along the route. Groups from schools, churches, social organisations and sports clubs and associations all took part.

Some ran with the torch, while others rode bicycles or took the torch in hand while driving safari vehicles along the route.

"I am glad that we were able to show the world just a bit of our paradise," Greene said.

One of the hallmarks of the relay was its stop at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds, where the living legend waited for more than an hour to take part in the event.


The relay also passed the Cedar Valley Golf Course, where Sir Vivian was taking part in a tournament for charity.

The former West Indies captain joined the relay for a second time, and was interviewed by the BBC. He spoke of the times he spent in Glasgow with his very good friend, former England captain Sir Ian Botham.

He also encouraged the young Antiguans who will be participating in the Games in July to strive for excellence. Sir Vivian, who travelled with the national team to two previous Commonwealth Games, in Australia and India, is expected to journey to Glasgow in the summer.

The Relay will conclude its journey at the Games' opening ceremony on July 23.

The final bearer will carry the baton on the final leg of the journey before handing it back to Her Majesty The Queen, who will read her message aloud and officially declare the Glasgow 2014 Games open.


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: Nation Celebrates Queen Baton

#1 opsttay » 2014-03-24 14:07

The PM needs to do more walking/jogging to get rid of that "gut" in front of him. Constant sitting can increase ones risk of heart disease. Perhaps he can try walking from Grays Farm to his office once a week. We want you to be healthy Dr. SPencer!
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