Inspirational and active local community members are being sought to take part in a special relay to mark the run up to this year’s Commonwealth Games.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place in Birmingham, starting on 28 July. As part of the build-up, The Queen’s 16th Baton Relay is taking place with a commemorative baton travelling to all 72 Commonwealth nations across the globe in a 294 day relay.
The baton, which contains a special message to the Commonwealth, written by Her Majesty The Queen, started its journey in October 2021. It will arrive in the UK in the summer and nominations are now being sought for batonbearers to carry it on a tour of England before the start of the Commonwealth Games at the end of July.
The Take It On campaign is seeking to find 2,022 batonbearers, each with their own inspiring stories to take on the special experience of carrying the Queen’s Baton as it makes its journey across the country.
People are being asked to nominate those who they think should be given the chance to take on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Bearers should be over 12 years old and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Always willing to take on a challenge and has a unique and inspiring story
- Has made a meaningful contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture, or charity
- Is a figure of inspiration that positively challenges others to achieve their best
- Has taken on a challenge or cause and made a positive impact within their community
Nominations are made online through the official website: Batonbearer Nominations | Birmingham 2022. The form is simple to complete but the window to nominate is fairly short. Nominations close on Tuesday 22 Feb 2022.
Clive Harriss, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to reward someone in your local community for the work they have done for the benefit of others. As a county we have a rich and diverse culture of charitable and community work with hundreds of people working hard every day to promote a good cause, support others or thrive against the odds to achieve and succeed. We want to champion their stories and ask you to nominate anyone you think deserves the honour of being one of the Queen’s official batonbearers this summer.”
For more information visit: Queen’s Baton Relay | Birmingham 2022