The Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, arrives in the Turks and Caicos Islands on Wednesday.
The Baton is set to arrive at the Providenciales International Airport at 11:45 a.m on local air carrier InterCaribbean Airways, from The Bahamas.
At Providenciales International Airport, the instrument will be met by His Excellency Governor Nigel Dakin, Premier Hon. Washington Misick, Opposition Leader Hon. Edwin Astwood, Tourism Minister Hon. Josephine Connolly, Education and Sports Minister Hon. Rachel Taylor, along with Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes.
A Press Conference by members of the Commonwealth Games Association, the Governor, Minister of Tourism, Minister of Sports, and Director of Sports is scheduled to be held shortly after the meet and greet.
Following the events at the airport, a police-guided motorcade will take the dignitaries and participants to the Cheshire Hall Plantation, to awaiting school children and residents, where a welcoming ceremony is scheduled, with speeches by Governor Dakin, Premier Misick, Opposition Leader Astwood, Tourism Minister Connolly, Sports Minister Taylor, and Director of Sports, Jarett Forbes.
During the ceremony, there will be a ‘Generational hand-down of the Baton by 100-year-old Resident, Eve Landy, to five generations. Before the passing of the baton, a tribute to Front Line Workers will be held.
At about 6:30 p.m. a welcome reception will be held at the 7 Stars Resort.
On Thursday morning, the Baton Leaves Providenciales for North and Middle Caicos. On Arrival in North Caicos at Bellfield Landing, the Baton will be met by Member of Parliament for North and Middle Caicos Hon. Arlington Musgrove, District Commissioner (D.C.) Cynclair Musgrove and other Government Officials, followed by the relay.
Upon leaving North Caicos, the Baton will skip over to Middle Caicos, where it is slated to meet on arrival D.C. Ozzie Delancy.
The baton returns to Providenciales later that day, where a relay from the Bight Park to the Downtown Ball Park will be held.
The Baton leaves Providenciales on Friday for South Caicos to meet Member of Parliament for South Caicos Hon. John Malcolm, D.C. Yvette Cox, Dignitaries, Students and Athletes.
The D.C. and athletes will run with the Baton to the Marjorie Basden High School for a brief welcome ceremony and cultural performance, followed by photo ops with the students.
On that island, the Baton is slated to visit several historical sites, including the Boiling Hole, Conch Ground, East Bay Hotel, Fisherman’s Village.
After leaving South Caicos, the Baton arrives in Salt Cay, where it is scheduled to be met by D.C Almaida Wilson, dignitaries and school children, for a welcome ceremony. A tour of Salt Cay on Gulf Carts will follow, including visit to the White House.
The Baton then departs for the country’s capital Grand Turk, where it would be met by CGA officials, Governor Dakin, Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Braitwaite-Knowles, Tourism Minister Connolly, Sports Minister Taylor, and a host of school children. The relay then follows.
On Grand Turk, from the Parade Ground, the Baton will make its way across that with pomp and ceremony, involving uniformed groups, Youth Parliament Members, Youth Religious Ministers, Youth Tourism Minister, Head boy and Head Girl, Cadets, TCI Regiment with 1st Woman Captain, Athletes, and Young entrepreneurs showcasing their products, etcetera.
On April 10, the baton leaves the shores of the TCI for the Cayman Islands.