THE Commonwealth Games baton relay will visit Monmouth in September as part of its 388-day journey through the entire Commonwealth.
On 6th September, the baton will arrive at Monmouth School as part of its route through Wales.
During a ceremony at Buckingham Palace for Commonwealth Day on Monday (11th March), the Queen set the 230,000 kilometre relay in motion.
The baton carries a message from the Queen, which will be read out at the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on 4th April, 2018.
The baton will come to Monmouth on its second day in Wales, traveling from Newport to Monmouth School, then onwards to the Royal Mint in Llantrisant before ending the day in Pontypridd.
Simon Dorman, Deputy Head of Monmouth School, said: “The school is honoured to be chosen as a stopping point on the Queen’s Baton Relay around the commonwealth. We are very much hoping that it will be a community event. Alongside the Haberdashers Monmouth Schools, we have invited all of Monmouth’s primary schools, together with younger pupils and sports enthusiasts at Monmouth Comprehensive School.
“We have many past pupils who have competed in the Commonwealth Games in sports as varied as fencing, cycling, rowing, swimming and equestrian.
“Former pupil Lewis Oliva, who is part of the British Cycling Squad, has competed in two Commonwealth Games and will be competing on the Gold Coast, will meet the relay team on their whistle-stop visit to Monmouth School.
“We are inviting many other past Olympians and Commonwealth Games alumni and hope that they inspire the next generation of athletes.”
Professor Nicola Phillips, Team Wales Chef de Mission for Gold Coast 2018 said: “Not everyone can make it to the Gold Coast, so by bringing the Queen’s Baton to Welsh communities we hope to inspire and ignite Welsh pride in our athletes. Wales had a fantastic Games at Glasgow 2014 with a record number of medals and we know we can replicate that success in 2018.”
The British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff in 1958 were the first to stage the Queen’s baton relay, during which a relay of runners carried the baton through several English counties and all thirteen Welsh on its journey to Cardiff. The 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne were the first in which the baton visited every nation and territory within the Commonwealth and this tradition has been carried on at every Commonwealth Games since 2006.
Check with the Beacon for further updates about the event in September.