Nominate inspirational figures for B2022 Queen’s Baton Relay
12th January 2022
The countdown to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is on, and so the search for 2,022 Batonbearers to carry the Queen’s Baton around England has begun.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition that builds up excitement in the run up to the games, Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official relay. It connects and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth and shines a light on untold stories and unsung local heroes from the places it visits.
The Volleyball Family are encouraged to nominate inspirational people for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Do you have a teammate, coach, official or volunteer at your club that’s always willing to take on a challenge? Maybe they have a unique and inspiring story or are a figure of inspiration who positively challenges others to achieve their best. Or they could be passionate about making a positive impact within their community. This is the perfect chance to show them thanks for all their hard work and dedication.
Volleyball England CEO, Sue Storey said: “The volleyball community is full of inspiring and devoted people, who have a huge impact on those they play and work with, as well as their neighborhoods'. We know how fantastic the Volleyball Family is, and we want the rest of the country and Commonwealth to hear about it too. Help us to celebrate the inspirational figures in volleyball by nominating them to be a Battonbearer in the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay.”
Commonwealth Games Federation President, Dame Louise Martin DBE said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is one of the most important aspects of the Commonwealth Games. It holds the message from Her Majesty The Queen inviting the athletes of the Commonwealth to compete at the Games.
“As the Queen’s Baton travels around England on the final leg of its journey before the Opening Ceremony, we have this very special opportunity for 2,022 people to become Batonbearers. I would urge everyone across the country to nominate those inspirational individuals who deserve to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
How to nominate
The criteria for a Batonbearer is someone who meets one or more of the following:
- Always willing to take on a challenge and has a unique and inspiring story;
- Has made a meaningful contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture, or charity;
- Is a figure of inspiration that positively challenges others to achieve their best;
- Has taken on a challenge or cause and made 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.
Nominations are open for all nine regions of England, which is where the Baton will visit in summer and Batonbearers must be aged 12 or over as of the 2 June 2022. Under 18s will require permission from a guardian to nominate and to accept a nomination.
Nominations are now open and will close in February.