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Every island to be a part of Queen’s Baton Relay, countdown to 2018 Gold Coast Games

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Turks and Caicos, July 5, 2017 – Providenciales – The Queen’s Baton Relay is now in Jamaica and arrives in the Turks and Caicos Islands by next Tuesday for a trek that will take it throughout all of the islands this time around.

Former athletes, current athletes, sporting bodies, civic, church, community and country leaders will all participate in moving the Queen’s Baton around the islands.

The Baton, which usually makes this journey has special features, including that it lights up with the colours of the Gold Coast which is where the 2018 Commonwealth Games are going to be held and it transmits where it is.

Residents have many opportunities to get photos with the baton including at the finale leg in the Turks and Caicos which is at Island Fish Fry next week.   Acting Governor, Anya Williams and Premier Sharlene Robinson will receive the Queen’s Baton on July 11 at the Provo International Airport.

“So we will have a grand welcome at the airport and then we will move on to IGA sports centre where we will have an official welcome and an interview by members of the media with the team.   From the sports centre we will travel by motorcade to the hotel where they will be living and relaxing from that time, and in the evening we will have a formal welcome ceremony at the Shore Club.”

Secretary General of the Commonwealth Games Committee in the TCI, Rita Gardiner told media Tuesday that the Baton will travel from South Caicos to Salt Cay to Grand Turk through Provo and North to Middle Caicos, back to North Caicos and into Provo where in that final stretch it will be carried into the Bight Park at fish fry by Tourism Minister, Ralph Higgs and the entire Commonwealth Youth Games Team, which numbers 31 athletes.

The Queen’s Baton is in the Turks and Caicos July 11-14.

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