The Queen’s Baton arrived in Port Moresby on Monday November 04, 2013 and was met by the President of the Papua New Guinea Commonwealth Games Association, Sir John Dawanincura and children from St Joseph’s International school, Chantelle Gua and Jimmy Jones.
The Queen’s Baton has travelled through Asia and Australia and Papua New Guinea is the first Pacific country to host the relay. The first part of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Papua New Guinea began in Port Moresby from Independence Hill in Waigani to Amini Park in East Boroko.
People from all walks of life including current and former athletes, Members of Parliament, representatives from the government and corporate sector turned out to participate in the Queen’s Baton Relay.
“The route has been finalised and we look forward to see the public in Port Moresby turn out in large numbers to participate in the activities on the day,” said Chairperson of the Organising Committee, Tamzin Wardley.
People in the city will had the opportunity to see and cheer on the Queen’s Baton as it was passed on from one batonbearer to another during the course of the Queen’s Baton Relay.
Schools in the city also participated in the celebration with dances, games and other activities.
Following the first leg of the Port Moresby Queen’s Baton Relay the Queen’s Baton travelled to Kavieng for the second leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay which was held on Wednesday November 6th, 2013.
This was the first time for both the town and the province to host the Queen’s Baton Relay and the people were waiting in anticipation to celebrate its arrival and journey with it through their town.
Papua New Guinea is the 10th country the Queen’s Baton visited on its epic journey to Scotland for the Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games in 2014.
1. ONE TEAM: Batonbearers gather with the Queen’s Baton in front of the model of a lakatoi after the Queen’s Baton Relay in Port Moresby today. PHOTOS: A. Molen.
2. RUNNING WITH THE CROWD: Billy Rapilla taking the Queen’s Baton into Angau Drive.
3. PASS THE BATON: School children pass the Queen’s Baton around at Amini Park.
4. SHARING THE SPIRIT: Dr. Bernie Amof giving children the chance to have a feel of the Queen’s Baton during the Queen’s Baton Relay in Port Moresby.
5. ON THE ROAD: Swimmer, Ryan Pini enjoying his run along Boroko Drive at 5 Mile.
6. AT THE BIG HOUSE: Minister for Public Service, Sir Puka Temu was the second Batonbearer in Port Moresby. He received the Queen’s Baton from the President of the PNG Commonwealth Games Association, Sir John Dawanincura at Parliament House.