Queens Baton Relay coming to Coventry - The Coventry Observer

8th Aug, 2022

Queens Baton Relay coming to Coventry

Ryan Smith 14th May, 2022

THE Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will be coming to Coventry on Thursday, July 21, as part of the build-up to the Commonwealth Games.

The baton will visit some famous Coventry landmarks including Broadgate and Millennium Place in the city centre.

The relay will take participants all over England for 29 days before reaching its final destination at the Games’ opening ceremony on July 28.

This will be the 16th annual Queens Baton Relay with its aim to bring together communities across the commonwealth.

Residents are invited to get involved with the celebrations in any way they feel will create a buzz for the Games.

Sara Phipps has been named as one of Coventry’s community Batonbearers.

She was told she would never run again when she snapped her femur in half after she was knocked off her bike while training for an Ironman event.

But she has not allowed this to slow her down and now promotes health and fitness to people in the area, even completing a Parkrun regularly using a crutch.

Between 40 and 130 Batonbearers will be carrying the baton every day across hundreds of villages, towns and cities throughout the UK.

The Batonbearers have been nominated for their inspirational stories and to recognise their contributions to their local area in sports, education, the arts and charity.

Sara is one of three people from Coventry selected to be community Batonbearers.

Coventry City Council’s Deputy Leader Coun Abdul Salam Khan said: “I am delighted to hear Coventry will be a part of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay this summer.

“This is a very exciting time for the city as we not only prepare to welcome the Baton as it makes its way across England, but also as we prepare to host rugby sevens, wrestling and judo during the Games.”

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