Team TTO Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Opening Ceremony

Athletes competing at the Commonwealth Youth Games were given a good luck message by Her Majesty The Queen before Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis declared the event open during a fun-filled Ceremony here tonight.

Team TTO Commonwealth Youth Games athletes will attend an Athlete Career Programme (Youth) at Olympic House, 121 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain tomorrow (June 10th, 2017).

The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago has been the first Caribbean nation to receive the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton.

The two islands’ distinct and beautifully contrasting personalities were reflected in the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR), which in Trinidad and Tobago, focused on the nation’s past, present and future.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA), Brian Lewis, used the Baton’s visit to highlight the nation’s rich heritage and to focus on youth participation in sport.

Lewis said that being able to understand and appreciate a nation’s history helps provide a sense of direction for its future.

If you don’t know your past, and you don’t respect and acknowledge your history in the form of its culture and heritage, we won’t know where we are going.
Past and aspiring Commonwealth Games athletes carried the Baton through Trinidad’s built-up capital city, Port of Spain. Along the way, they paid respect to several heritage trust sites including the Queen’s Park Savannah, the Magnificent Seven and Botanical Gardens.

One champion who took part in the celebrations was Roger Gibbon, arguably the nation’s most legendary cyclist and dual Commonwealth Games medallist.

Gibbon, who brought home Trinidad and Tobago’s first gold medal at the Jamaica 1966 Games, reflected on his experience as a Batonbearer, and encouraged young people to continue their path in sports.

It felt great to carry the Queen’s Baton again, it brought back fantastic memories. The group of young athletes that ran with the Baton and chanted all the way were very good and it’s important they continue to play sport.

Leaving the bustling city, the Baton continued its journey to Tobago, where the pace slowed to ‘island time’. On the Caribbean’s trademark beaches local school children took a break from playing football to share time with the Baton, which was also relayed to Pigeon Point Heritage Park.

The Baton is relayed through Port de Spain

True to the program’s intentions, the Baton’s visit embraced Trinidad and Tobago’s past, inspired GC2018 hopefuls and encouraged a future generation to be active through sport.

The GC2018 Queen’s Baton will journey next to Grenada.

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The GC visit to Trinidad and Tobago was described as a success by Trinidad and Tobago commonwealth games association president, Brian lewis.

FORMER Trinidad and Tobago cyclist and double Commonwealth Games gold medallist Roger Gibbon, is hoping that the Queen’s Baton Relay will inspire the national athletes ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Olympic boxer Nigel Paul during the Queen's Baton Relay Tour ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,

Reema Carmona, wife of President Anthony Carmona, led the Trinidad leg of the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay.

(Photo: Carlyle G Joseph)

On Monday, May 29, 2017, the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) will take to the streets of Port of Spain to showcase the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Baton.

Piarco, Trinidad. The Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton landed in Trinidad from Saint Helena, Africa today (28 May) ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia in 2018

Olympic gold medal-winning marathon runner Josia Thugwane carried the Queen's Baton on the final leg of the African tour in South Africa ©Gold Coast 2018

The Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton is bound for the Caribbean following the completion of its journey across Africa.

On Monday 29th May 2017, the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) will take to the streets of Port of Spain to showcase the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth  Games Baton.

THE QUEEN’S Baton Relay will stop off in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, as part of the baton’s 388-day trip throughout all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth region.

Australian band Sheppard helped set the tone for Gold Coast 2018's beach celebration ©Gold Coast 2018

Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) have officially marked the one-year-to-go milestone to Gold Coast 2018.

The host city led the celebrations, which began with an early risers breakfast event hosted by several well-known athletes at The Star Gold Coast, one of the Games’ sponsors.

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