Glasgow 2014′s Iconic Commonwealth Baton revealed
With next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow fast approaching, all eyes were on Scotland last Friday, August 16, when the design of the 2014 Commonwealth Baton was revealed for the first time.
The Baton is an iconic symbol of the Games and lies at the heart of the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR), an event that seeks to unite the two billion citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace. The 2014 design features a combination of titanium, wood and granite, and embodies the culture, history and innovation of Glasgow and Scotland.
At the heart of the Baton is the Queen’s message which will be placed inside of the Baton on October 9, 2013 to commemorate the start of the QBR. The message will be illuminated from within by LED lights but will remain unreadable until the Opening Ceremony. The lattice frame at the top of the Baton is pure titanium and takes inspiration from Glasgow’s industrial and architectural heritage. The handle is locally sourced elm wood and is light, strong and durable to withstand the 190,000 km that the Baton will travel as it visits the nations of the Commonwealth.
The Baton also contains a granite ‘gemstone‘ which will be gifted to each nation and territory along the QBR route. Made of granite unique to Scotland, the stone sits at the top of the Baton and can only be released via a clever puzzle mechanism.
According to Lord Smith of Kelvin, Glasgow 2014 Chairman, the Baton, “…is a symbol of our friendship and the warm welcome that awaits the Commonwealth Family here next year. As the Baton leaves a piece of Scottish granite in every nation it visits, I hope it also leaves a sense of our excitement and determination to make Glasgow 2014 an outstanding experience for all who attend.”
The Baton will travel the globe as part of the traditional Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) which commences on October 9, 2013 and visits all 71 nations of the Commonwealth, including Barbados, before arriving back in Scotland in June 2014 for the Opening Ceremony.