The Queen’s Baton Relay spent two days exploring St Kitts and Nevis and was officially welcomed to the Caribbean nation at the Government House with a reception hosted by H.E. Sir Tapley Seaton GCMG CVO QC JP, the Governor-General of St Kitts and Nevis.
At the welcome reception, Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph was recognised for her exceptional voluntary service supporting young people and received the Commonwealth Points of Light award.
After the reception, the Baton was taken on a tour of the St Kitts and Nevis Commonwealth Games Association headquarters and the Commonwealth Games exhibit, which showcases the nation’s athletes and Games history.
The day continued with a visit to Heroes Park, where Rt. Excellent Sir Kennedy Simmonds, KCMG was given the honour of carrying the Baton. Simmonds was the country’s first Prime Minister and was the first living person to be named as a National Hero. At the park, he inspired members of the community by delivering a speech.
Former world champion in the 100m sprint, Kim Collins, carried the Baton to SKELEC Solar Farm, which provides around one third of the energy needed to power the country, reducing emissions.
The Relay continued with stops at the landmark Customs House in Christophe Harbour and Frigate Bay, where youth sailors took the to water with the Baton to end the day.
The following day, Batonbearers relayed the Baton up to Brimstone Hill Fortress and then enjoyed the breath-taking view from the top. After this, the Baton was taken to Kittitian Hill.
Later that day, the Baton was taken to visit St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association (SKABA), where players had the special opportunity to engage with the Baton. To conclude the Relay in St Kitts and Nevis, members of the local community hosted an agriculture day to celebrate the fruits of the labour and the Baton.