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The country needs you, young Batonbearers, for Birmingham 2022

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The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has today launched a search to find 2,022 Batonbearers for the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay in England.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that builds anticipation for the forthcoming Games by celebrating, connecting, and exciting communities across the Commonwealth and shining a light on untold stories and unsung local heroes from the places it visits.

Nominations can be made by visiting the Birmingham 2022 website and submitting 100 words or less on how the nominee is making a difference in their community and why they deserve to take on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

These are open for all nine regions of England, which is where the Baton will visit in summer and Batonbearers must be aged 12 or over as of the 2 June 2022. 

To mark the launch of the Batonbearer nominations, a commemorative mural has been officially unveiled by Kadeena Cox. The four-time Paralympic champion had the honour of being the first Batonbearer to receive the Baton from The Queen at the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace in October last year. 

Birmingham 2022’s very own ‘Hometown Heroes’ Haseebah Abdullah and Salma Bi BEM are showcased in the mural in recognition of their inspiring achievements and fantastic contribution to the local community.

Haseebah, the first hijab-wearing boxing coach in England and an incredible ambassador for women’s sport, and Salma, who founded the first all Asian women’s cricket team and has encouraged over 1,000 local girls to get involved in grassroots sports, were also involved in the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Miss Abdullah commented: “It’s been fantastic to be part of such a significant moment for the Queen’s Baton Relay – I keep doing double takes at my portrait on the mural! In the lead up to the Games, this should be a reminder to everyone to get involved and nominate someone who inspires them. I really hope the people of Birmingham enjoy the mural Gent48 has created, which is all about championing our diverse and brilliant communities. I really can’t wait for the Relay in the summer, it will be such a proud moment for the city.”

After the Baton has taken on its epic journey across the Commonwealth, where it will have visited Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the Americas, it will return to England for the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games. The Queen’s Baton will travel the length and breadth of the country for 25 days, before the Relay officially ends at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022.

Salma Bi added: “It’s amazing to have my portrait included on this commemorative mural to mark the search for 2,022 Batonbearers for the Queen’s Baton Relay. Over the past fifteen years I’ve been dedicated to supporting young girls who are just getting into sport, while also working hard to make cricket more inclusive for Asian women like myself.”

Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE, Chairman of Birmingham 2022, also said: “The Baton is currently travelling to every corner of the Commonwealth, visiting hundreds of communities and celebrating those that strive to make a difference. We want to find these individuals here in England, and with the nominations process starting today, we want you to nominate your local hero and tell us why they should be a Batonbearer. 

The criteria for a Batonbearer are someone who meets one or more of the following:

  • 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 for Batonbearers for the Queen’s Baton Relay in England are now open. To nominate and find out more, visit www.birmingham2022.com/qbr

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by: David Watkins

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