The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) arrived into Anguilla, bringing with it an unexpected downpour, the rainfall a welcome sight for locals after months of dry weather.
A nod to the nation’s nickname, the Baton’s visit to the “Rainbow City” got underway as the rain clouds cleared and a rainbow lit up the sky. Anguillan athletes who will compete at the upcoming Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas carried it through The Valley, the island’s capital city
Many locals took the opportunity to share the excitement of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) and cheer on the Baton. Among those lining the Relay route were special needs schoolchildren, a lively centenarian and staff taking time out from local businesses.
The national pride of the people of Anguilla was obvious as the QBR passed through the main streets; still littered in streamers and confetti from the 50 Years Independence celebrations the previous month. From the street decorations to the local’s attire, the vibrant national colours of orange, blue and white were on display for the entire Commonwealth to see.
Cardigan Connor was delighted to have the Queen’s Baton in town. The retired professional cricket player and Parliamentary Secretary of Tourism, Sports, Youth and Culture is passionate about sport development and advocates the importance of the Commonwealth Games for athletes from Anguilla.
The Commonwealth Games provides an opportunity for our athletes to compete for Anguilla on an international stage. The Queen’s Baton is a reminder that we are part of the Commonwealth family. The Gold Coast Baton is binding us together as one Commonwealth.
During its visit to the island territory, the Baton spent time at 15 schools. Interacting with students and teaching them about the Gold Coast and the symbolic features of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton and its journey around the entire Commonwealth.Anguilla attended its first Commonwealth Games in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, competing in athletics before taking part in every Commonwealth Games since. They are hoping to bag their first medal when they compete next year at GC2018.