THE SEARCH has begun to find 2,022 baton-bearers for Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games later this year.
Chosen nominees will take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay around England ahead of the Games opening ceremony taking place in July.
The baton began its global journey at Buckingham Palace last year and is travelling across Commonwealth nations.
It will return to the UK, including England, where volunteers are needed for regional legs of the journey back to the Queen.
To mark the launch of the Batonbearer nominations, a commemorative mural has been officially unveiled by Kadeena Cox.
The four-time Paralympic champion had the honour of being the first Batonbearer to receive the Baton from The Queen at the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay in October last year.
She said: “I was incredibly proud to be the first Batonbearer at the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay last year, and it’s now a real privilege to be in Birmingham to help launch the search to find even more Batonbearers across the country.
“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a wonderful chance for people to get involved and nominate someone inspiring they know for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
People are encouraged to nominate those who are always willing to take on a challenge, have a unique and inspiring story, are a figure of inspiration who positively challenges others to achieve their best, or is passionate about making a positive impact within their community.
Nominations can be made by visiting the Birmingham 2022 website and submitting 100 words or less on how the nominee is making a difference in their community and why they deserve to take on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Deputy leader of Solihull Council Councillor Karen Grinsell said: “In a little more than six months, Solihull will be hosting top athletes from around the world in six events at the NEC – Table Tennis and Netball, Badminton and Boxing, Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting.
“Let’s show the world what Solihull has to offer through the Games, give a Silhillian welcome to our sportsmen and women, spectators and tourists and highlight some of the amazing people that we’re lucky to have in the borough.”
Nominations are open for all nine regions of England and Batonbearers must be aged 12 or over as of June 2.
For more or to nominate someone visit https://www.birmingham2022.com/queens-baton-relay/batonbearer-nominations/