Maltese athletes all over the island are celebrating as the honourary Queen’s Baton arrives in Malta in anticipation of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
What is the Queen’s Baton?
The Queen’s Baton is made specifically every 4 years for the Commonwealth games. The shape of the baton itself is entwined with distinctive and special formations to showcase the strength that can be found in collaboration and diversity. It is a symbol of togetherness that is the central pillar of what the Commonwealth Games represent.
How did it end up in Malta?
The Queen’s Baton is currently on a relay all over the world as it passes from one Commonwealth country to the next. This is being done to further the idea of how the Commonwealth Games are a symbol of connectivity and distinctiveness, as they bring people from different cultures together in celebration!
The Baton left Buckingham Palace on 7th October for Cyprus, and yesterday it arrived in Malta. The baton will follow a striking 294-day journey all over 72 nations.
President George Vella & MPs celebrate together with Maltese athletes
Yesterday, the President of Malta hosted the Maltese athletes that will be participating in the Commonwealth Games to commemorate their achievement as they receive this honour bestowed from the Queen. Notable athletes include Neil Aguis, Fabio Spiteri and Jake Vella, who were appointed as ‘Game Changers’ as they hugely impacted the community around them.
The Queen’s Baton was also welcomed by the Minister for Inclusion and Social Wellbeing, Julia Farrugia Portelli and the Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, Recreation and Voluntary Organisations, Clifton Grima whom both advocated the message of inclusion.
Today, the baton has been going round several schools and villages all over the islands, being welcomed by people of all ages and backgrounds who are eagerly expecting the 2022 Commonwealth Games!
Have you had the lucky chance to see it?