With negotiations over hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games at a close and its predecessor Gold Coast 2018 now just a month away, you could be forgiven for thinking that Birmingham would take a back seat for the next couple of months.
As the temperature dips to minus 8 degrees and the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games gets into full swing, you could be forgiven for feeling a world away from Australia’s Gold Coast, which is currently basking in a balmy 28 degrees and warm sunshine. Tomorrow, however, marks just 50-days-to-go until the Games.
The Medal Story
For many generations the Gold Coast coastline has been a place for gathering, meeting and sport. The Medal design represents the soft sand lines which shift with every tide and wave and is symbolic of athletic achievement. As the water moves towards low tide, each wave moves the sand, creating and leaving behind new lines in the sand witnessed by those present.
Athletes competing at the Commonwealth Youth Games were given a good luck message by Her Majesty The Queen before Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis declared the event open during a fun-filled Ceremony here tonight.
Team TTO Commonwealth Youth Games athletes will attend an Athlete Career Programme (Youth) at Olympic House, 121 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain tomorrow (June 10th, 2017).
The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago has been the first Caribbean nation to receive the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton.
The two islands’ distinct and beautifully contrasting personalities were reflected in the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR), which in Trinidad and Tobago, focused on the nation’s past, present and future.
President of the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA), Brian Lewis, used the Baton’s visit to highlight the nation’s rich heritage and to focus on youth participation in sport.
Lewis said that being able to understand and appreciate a nation’s history helps provide a sense of direction for its future.
If you don’t know your past, and you don’t respect and acknowledge your history in the form of its culture and heritage, we won’t know where we are going.
Past and aspiring Commonwealth Games athletes carried the Baton through Trinidad’s built-up capital city, Port of Spain. Along the way, they paid respect to several heritage trust sites including the Queen’s Park Savannah, the Magnificent Seven and Botanical Gardens.
One champion who took part in the celebrations was Roger Gibbon, arguably the nation’s most legendary cyclist and dual Commonwealth Games medallist.
Gibbon, who brought home Trinidad and Tobago’s first gold medal at the Jamaica 1966 Games, reflected on his experience as a Batonbearer, and encouraged young people to continue their path in sports.
It felt great to carry the Queen’s Baton again, it brought back fantastic memories. The group of young athletes that ran with the Baton and chanted all the way were very good and it’s important they continue to play sport.
Leaving the bustling city, the Baton continued its journey to Tobago, where the pace slowed to ‘island time’. On the Caribbean’s trademark beaches local school children took a break from playing football to share time with the Baton, which was also relayed to Pigeon Point Heritage Park.
The Baton is relayed through Port de Spain
True to the program’s intentions, the Baton’s visit embraced Trinidad and Tobago’s past, inspired GC2018 hopefuls and encouraged a future generation to be active through sport.
The GC2018 Queen’s Baton will journey next to Grenada.
FORMER Trinidad and Tobago cyclist and double Commonwealth Games gold medallist Roger Gibbon, is hoping that the Queen’s Baton Relay will inspire the national athletes ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Reema Carmona, wife of President Anthony Carmona, led the Trinidad leg of the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay.
On Monday, May 29, 2017, the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) will take to the streets of Port of Spain to showcase the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Baton.
Piarco, Trinidad. The Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton landed in Trinidad from Saint Helena, Africa today (28 May) ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia in 2018