ONLY 10 DAYS TO GO!
UNTIL THE QUEEN’S BATON ARRIVES IN GRENADA.
On March 8th, 2014 the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Grenada from Barbados. Grenada is the forty fourth (44th) of its 71 Commonwealth destinations. It will provide an integral link when it welcomes the Baton as it travels on one of the most engaging relays in the world. Today the baton is currently travelling through the Falkland Islands.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games and has been an inclusion in the Games program since the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games in Wales. The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 9 October 2013, when Her Majesty the Queen handed over the baton.
President of the Grenada Commonwealth Games Association, Mr. Royston La Hee said “He is delighted Grenada has been granted the honour of hosting the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay, bringing with it the opportunity to highlight and promote the islands via the accompanying media attention. “
The Grenada CGA General Secretary, Mrs. Veda Bruno- Victor said “Planning is already well under way to celebrate the arrival of the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay in the Spice Island. We look forward to seeing many locals join in the festivities and turn out to cheer on the relay’s baton bearers.”
Her Excellency, Dame Cecile La Grenada G.C.M.G is expected to receive the Baton at the VIP Lounge of the Maurice Bishop International Airport on March 8th, 2014 at approximately , where a brief welcome ceremony is planned to officially mark the arrival of the Baton to Grenada. Minister of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs, Hon. Emmalin Pierre and other officials will also be in attendance to welcome the Queen’s Baton to Grenada. The Baton will then be taken on an island tour to visit local landmarks. A series of activities is planned to mark the occasion including a road relay. The Baton will also be treated to a display of cultural activities in the various parishes. On March 10th, the Baton will travel to the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique where it will be treated with more festivities and fanfare before returning to the mainland the same evening for its departure to Trinidad and Tobago on March 11th, 2014.
As part of its epic journey, the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will traverse the length and breadth of the Commonwealth visiting all 71 nations of the Commonwealth covering 190,000 kilometres in 245 days. The baton will travel throughout Asia, Oceania, Africa, Americas (south), the Caribbean, Americas (north) and Europe. The baton will then complete the final part of the journey in Scotland where the baton will spend a total of 40 days.
The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will conclude during the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games on . During the ceremony, the final baton bearer will hand the baton back to Her Majesty, or Her representative. The message is then removed and read aloud, officially opening the Games.
For further information about the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay contact the GOC’s office at 435- 3015 or visit: www.glasgow2014.com/baton-
12th February, 2014
Subject: PARALYMPIC STAKEHOLDERS MEETING
Date: Saturday 15th February, 2014
Venue: National Cricket Stadium-Conference Room
Time: 10:00 am
A meeting of Paralympic Stakeholders is geared to sensitize the public of the movement. It will be addressed by Mr. Kenneth Mc Kell, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee and the Caribbean Association of National Paralympic Committees(CANPC).
The goal of this initiative which is lead by the Grenada Olympic Committee Inc., is the eventual formation of the National Paralympic Committee.
The meeting will be attended by the Board of Directors of the Grenada Olympic Committee Inc. Stakeholders which includes; two (2) representative of fifteen(15) National Associations/Federations, representatives from the Ministry of Social Development , Ministry of Sports, School for Special Education, National Council for the Disabled, Herman ’Mello” Peters, Raphael Croney, Ms Ann Pierre among others.
(The Paralympics is governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its purpose is to organise the summer and winter Paralympic Games and act as the International Federation for nine sports, supervising and coordinating World Championships and other competitions.)
CANOC Broadcasting Inc. (CBI) has retained the broadcast rights in the Caribbean for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games
CBI has acquired broadcast rights on all media platforms in all languages in the following territories:
Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks and Caicos.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: "Throughout the history of the Olympic Games, athletes from across the Caribbean have produced outstanding, inspirational performances. We are pleased to have reached this agreement to enable extensive broadcast coverage of the Rio 2016 Games in the region."
IOC Member Richard Carrión, who led the negotiations, said: "CBI will now work to secure broadcast partners across the region to ensure the best coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio. The agreement includes assurances that there will be expansive free television coverage of the Games."
CBI’s CEO, Larry Romany said, "This agreement heralds a new era for sport in the Caribbean. The economic benefits present considerable funding opportunities for developing youth in the Region and increases the viability and international competitiveness of the Caribbean athlete. We are very excited at the prospect of a more integrated approach to the development of sports."