British High Commissioner holds reception for Queen’s Baton Relay


By Treiston Joseph

British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, on Tuesday evening held a reception for the Queen’s Baton at his residence in Bel Air, Georgetown.

The Baton, which contains Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II message to the Commonwealth athletes, made its way through Georgetown Tuesday morning before its final stop of the day at the British High Commissioner’s residence where members of Government, as well as a number of stakeholders in Guyana’s sport fraternity attended.

With Australia taking over the hosting of the Commonwealth Games from Glasgow, Scotland, in 2014, Quinn wished the ‘Land Down Under’ all the best in hosting the event during his brief remarks.

President of the Guyana Olympic Association, K.A. Juman Yassin, was appreciative that the Baton was back in Guyana after its journey in 2013, noting that the day’s activity for the Baton was “excellent”.

Meanwhile, Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, after revealing his lack of athleticism, noted that he along with the Government of Guyana recognises the importance of sport.

Gaskin also shared that with Tourism being under his purview, plans have been formed in an effort to capitalise on sports tourism so as to share Guyana to the world through sport.

Among those in attendance at the function were Vice-President of Guyana Sydney Allicock, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy Terry Steers-Gonzalez, Guyana’s lone Olympic medallist, Michael Parris, Director of Sport Christopher Jones and Commonwealth Youth silver medallist Kevin Allicock.

The night was brought to an end with the sticking of the Commonwealth cake.

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