Queen’s Baton Relay visits Gozo on its way to the Commonwealth Games
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The Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, visited the Gozo College, Boys Secondary School, Victoria, where together with students of various ages he met with some of the athletes who are participating in the Queen’s Baton Relay, as well as take part in the Commonwealth Games, which this year are to be held in Scotland .Dr. Anton Refalo explained how these games are a symbol of unity, peace and friendship between athletes and the participating countries. He reiterated how this event could be a motivation for students to also participate in these games in the future.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.
The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the XX Commonwealth Games. Over a period of 288 days the baton will visit 70 nations and territories, cover 190,000 kilometres and involve a third of the world’s population, making it the world’s most engaging relay.
On 9 October 2013 the Queen’s Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace, at a ceremony where Her Majesty The Queen placed Her message to the Commonwealth into the baton.
The baton will be relayed by thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth, each one honoured by their own nation to participate in this unique tradition. Magical memories will be created on this journey across continents, terrains and time zones. From Sydney Harbour Bridge to the forests of Rwanda; from Pacific Islands to the Rocky Mountains of Canada, the baton will showcase each nation and territory in the Commonwealth.
The finish line is in the host nation Scotland just in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow, where Her Majesty The Queen will read aloud Her message to the Commonwealth.