Diverse Cymru is extremely proud to be a part of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay when it comes to Wales in September 2017.
Commonwealth Games Wales decided that Butetown would be an exciting addition to the Queen’s Baton Relay schedule, and would be able to represent the wider Cardiff community in a unique way. Diverse Cymru was asked to support this effort by providing a link between Commonwealth Games Wales, Cardiff Council and the community.
We have been meeting with the committee of the Butetown Community Centre to start making plans and have begun reaching out across Butetown to include as many people, organisations and institutions as we can. We are working to ensure that the ownership of the event is with the people of Butetown, while our main role is to coordinate between interested parties and carry out the day to day administration.
We can’t reveal our plans just yet, but will be releasing information over the summer!
If you live or work in Butetown and think you could have something to offer, we would love to hear from you! Please email email@example.com to get involved.
Full press release from Commonwealth Games Wales:
Team Wales announces Welsh route of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay
As part of today’s Commonwealth Day celebrations, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sets the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay in motion during a star-studded commencement ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Here at home, Team Wales has announced that the Queen’s Baton will visit several communities in Wales in September 2017 during its 388-day journey through the entire Commonwealth. In total, the Baton will cover 230,000 kilometres en route to its final destination, the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018.
On its journey around Wales, the Baton will visit Butetown in Cardiff. This area has been specifically chosen for its historical position as one the UK’s oldest multicultural communities and will be a celebration of the talents and achievements of its diverse population.
Chris Jenkins, Commonwealth Games Wales Chief Executive, said:
We’re extremely proud to announce this route today. Team Wales brings together all those competing or supporting our athletes to perform to their absolute best at the Commonwealth Games. This inclusive Relay will give everyone that can’t make it to the Gold Coast a chance to be involved in an unforgettable experience.
As the Baton travels through Wales, our aim is to celebrate our rich and diverse heritage, culture, language and landscape on an International stage. The first day of the Welsh route will see the Baton setting off from Swansea, travelling to our sponsor CGI’s offices in Bridgend and on to Barry Island and Butetown in Cardiff.
“Day 2 takes us from Newport to Monmouth School, The Royal Mint in Llantrisant and ending up in Pontypridd. We head north for the third day, from Brecon to Rhayader, stopping at Llanidloes High School and Primary School and Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd in Newtown before heading through Welshpool and to Theatr Clwyd in Mold.
“Finally, we head west and celebrate more of the beauty, culture and adventure we have to offer here in Wales: from Zip World in Blaenau Ffestiniog we then visit Yr Ysgwrn, Hedd Wyn’s childhood home in Trawsfynydd, before travelling through Dolgellau, Portmeirion and Porthmadog to the Baton’s final Welsh destination of Pwllheli.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will also be passing through Llandinam, Dolwyddelan Castle, Beddgelert and Criccieth for photo stops along the route, which will not have a public event attached to them.
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. The Queen’s Baton Relay signifies a visual celebration of the unity and diversity of all the Commonwealth nations. The Baton carries a message from the Queen to Games athletes, which is read out at the Opening Ceremony.
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.
We need the whole of Wales to cheer our athletes on now, as they continue along their road to Gold Coast and during the Games themselves, and we hope that the journey of the Queen’s Baton Relay throughout Wales will act as an invitation to the whole Nation to support our athletes and to engage, excite and inspire ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.