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Queen Baton VIisit Bahamas High Commission in London in Honour of 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, The Bahamas July 2017

London United Kingdom, On 14th March 2017 the Queens Baton arrived at The Bahamas High Commission carried by the Gold Coast 2018 Team to mark the lead up to the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau Bahamas 19 through 23 July and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. The Team was greeted by His Excellency Eldred E Bethel, High Commissioner, and Mrs. Louise Martin CBE, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation. The Queens Baton was then presented to High Commissioner Bethel by President Martin followed by remarks.

High Commissioner Bethel conveyed to President Martin that  The Bahamas is honoured to have been selected to host the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games and the people of The Bahamas are anxiously looking forward to welcoming the athletes, coaches and fans from around the Commonwealth of Nations.
Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE said: The Youth Games are a joyful celebration of sporting competition, personal development and international friendship. We are thrilled to bring the Queen’s Baton to Bahamas House, before it sets out on its epic journey, which will include for the first time ever a visit to the Commonwealth Youth Games when the Queens Baton Relay lands in the Bahamas in July.


The visit by the Queens Baton to Bahamas House follows the official commencement of the Queens Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace yesterday in commemoration of Commonwealth Day 2017. 
The presentation of the Queens Baton to High Commissioner Bethel heralds the first time that the Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in the Caribbean region with The Bahamas as its host nation. The presentation also commemorates the first time that the Queens Baton will be a part of the Commonwealth Youth Games. 


These Games will be the largest and most diverse multi-sport event to ever be contested in The Bahamas and the country is expected to welcome to its shores approximately 1300 athletes between the ages of 14  18 competing in nine disciplines for close to 100 medals.


It will also mark the first time that three new sports, Beach Volleyball, Beach Soccer and Judo, will premiere in the Games. The Games will also see the return of the sport cycling.


Through the campaign Who is Next? the Games aims to use sport as the gateway to young people aspiring to be the next great scientist, politician, medical professional, educator or athlete.  It also echoes the theme and values of the Commonwealth Celebrating A Peace-building Commonwealth through the use of sport to bring about peace in friendly competition to build lasting friendships, decrease borders, erase political divides and strengthen Commonwealth Unity.