COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT MAKES
QUEEN’S BATON RELAY A SUCCESS
Education, Culture and Sports Honourable Lloyd K. Black commended the
businesses, athletes and young people who worked together to make last week’s
Queen’s Baton Relay a success.
great support from the community. Both our corporate and private citizens
worked very well with our young people and we look forward to your continued
support for the years to come,” the Minister said.
was speaking at a closing ceremony Tuesday evening at the Multi-Purpose Sports
Complex in Road Town.
Baton arrived in the Territory Sunday evening (21 August) and left Wednesday
morning after being relayed around Beef Island, Virgin Gorda and Tortola. More
than 100 athletes took part by carrying the baton during different segments of
Minister Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith said the Queen’s Baton Relay is an
historic occasion for the Territory. “This is the first time in the 47-year
history of the Queen’s Baton Relay that it has come to our shores. It is a real
joy to know that the British Virgin Islands has been included in this
prestigious world event, and that we have succeeded in putting our best foot
forward,” he said.
the BVI Olympic Committee Mr. Rey O’Neal said that he was pleased with the
community’s involvement in the relay.
“We are very
glad of the enthusiasm shown by the community from the beginning. We do hope
that the BVI will be well represented in the Games next year,” he said.
Excellency Governor Thomas Macan also looked forward to next year’s Commonwealth
Games. “I take this opportunity to wish success for the BVI athletes who are
going to participate in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia,” he
Baton Relay was sponsored by the BVI Tourist Board, the Department of Youth
Affairs and Sports, the Ministry of Education and Culture, Scotia Bank and the
BVI Olympic Committee.
Baton will be relayed around 71 Commonwealth countries in 366 days.
Australia, the baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to
athletes in every member country who will compete in the 2006 Commonwealth
will be read at the opening ceremony of the games in March 2006.
first participated in the Commonwealth Games in 1990 in Auckland, New Zealand,
and is expected to participate in the upcoming 2006 Games.
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