Queen’s Baton Relay Launch and Visit to the Isle of Man

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CYG2011 Chairman and Games Director, Geoff Karran, Games Administrator, Joyce Hall and Minister of Tourism and Leisure Hon Martyn Quayle MHK, visited London on Thursday 29th October 2009 to attend the launch of the Delhi 2010 Queen’s Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially started the relay by placing her ‘message to the athletes’ into the Indian styled baton which then set off around the globe.  Visiting 70 nations in 240 days before embarking on a 100 day tour of India, the baton will be handed back to Her Majesty or her representative at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the message read aloud, marking the official opening of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay on the Isle of Man on 15th November 2009 sparked celebrations around the island.  Members of the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in conjunction with Isle of Man Gateway joined in the celebrations by organising a special event at the National Sports Centre, sponsored by Long & Humphrey Advocates.  The Queen’s Baton was relayed to each of the sports areas in the complex by potential 2011 CYG athletes, Gateway athletes and potential Delhi 2010 athletes.  Dursley Stott, the first Manx athlete to participate in a Commonwealth Games started the relay by handing the baton over to up and coming road cycling star Tom Black.  The evening was made extra special by the first official appearance of ‘Tosha’, the CYG2011 mascot.  ‘Tosha’ was designed by Douglas based Andrew Martin and named by competition winner Vicki Skellorn of Ramsey.  The name ‘Tosha’ is Manx Gaelic and means ‘to be first’. 

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