TT BOXER Nigel Paul was delighted to see his national team mates and take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay as for him it meant the start of the countdown to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
More than 15 athletes, former athletes and TT Olympic Committee officials passed through Port of Spain on the local leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay on Wednesday.
They made stops at Brian Lara Promenade, Trinity Cathedral, Red House and Queen’s Park Savannah, which included the Magnificent Seven.
The Queen’s Baton Relay, which began on October 7 last year, travels the world visiting 72 nations and territories before the games start.
The matches will take place from July 28 to August 8.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot, Perry, accompanies the Queen’s Baton. Perry is a multicolored bull.
Super heavyweight boxer Nigel Paul, track and field athlete Kai Selvon, former world 400m hurdles champion Jehue Gordon, shooter Roger Daniel and female boxer Tianna Guy took part in the relay.
Paul said: “It’s always a pleasure to be called upon to represent in any capacity, so to be here with other teammates and sportspeople is really an encouragement, I’m sure, for everyone. the world here.”
When the TT is in competition, it’s a family atmosphere, Paul said, and the Queen’s Baton relay would have helped bond the athletes.
“(It) kind of gets the ball rolling because when we go out there’s just one big family…we’re just happy to see each other and wish each other well.”
Discussing the relay, Selvon said: “I think it’s a (great) experience for all the different athletes to come in and support.”
Selvon even joked that the relay would have helped national athletes develop their fitness.
Selvon anticipates the Commonwealth Games, saying she is “looking forward to it”.
Lovie Santana, Administrative Officer of the TT Commonwealth Games Association, said: “The aim of this (relay) is to showcase our beautiful TT island as we approach the Commonwealth Games.”
Santana, who will be the Chef de Mission for the TT team, expects the organizers to put on a memorable event for the TT athletes.
“Our athletes expect very good, well-planned games.”