Queens Baton Relay 2018

Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton is visiting Stoke Mandeville Stadium

We are having a visit from the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay on Thursday 17 August from 9 am – 12 noon here at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

With support from Active Vale, we hosting a FREE FULL INCLUSIVE OPEN DAY featuring demonstrations and have-a-go sports for the whole community and you will also be to receive:

  • A FREE 1Life Card
  • FREE Gym Trial
  • FREE Swim Lesson Taster
  • Become a member on the day and get:
    • a FREE PT Voucher
    • Refer a friend and get a month FREE

Activities will include:

  • The Queen’s Baton from 9am till 12 noon
  • Guest appearances from:
    • Ollie Hynd – Paralympic and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
    • Ali Jawad – Paralympian finishing 4th in London 2012 and Commonwealth Games Medallist
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Tennis
  • Wheelchair Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Gym Sessions & Exercise Classes
  • Triathlon
  • Badminton
  • Disability Karate
  • and much, much more

We will display the cauldrons and Paralympic Torches as well as an opportunity for people to have a photo with the Baton which is travelling around the World on the way to the Gold Coast in Australia for the Games in 2018.

Simply come to the Stadium & sign up from 9am and bring the family along to see the Queen’s Baton, all activities are FREE for 1Life Card Holders, either register on the day or register here now you will also receive a FREE Gym Trial and a FREE Swim Lesson Taster!

What is the QBR?

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

The GC2018 Relay will be the longest and the most accessible ever, not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits. Starting on 13 March 2017 at Buckingham Palace, the Baton was launched on an epic 388-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth. The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where Her Majesty, or a representative, will remove the message from the Baton and read it aloud to officially open the Games.

Featuring Ollie Hynd

Ollie is a great advocate for Para-Swimming having won medals at Paralympics, World Championships, European Championships and previous Commonwealth Games. He is an inspiration to other Para-Swimmers and Ollie himself is targeting the 2018 CWG as one of his next major competitions.

What are some of the athlete’s past achievements and awards?

  • World Record holder in S8 200m Freestyle, S8 400m Freestyle and SM8 200m IM
  • British Record Holder S8 50m Backstroke
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games 3 Gold Medals 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze
  • 2016 IPC European Championships 3 Golds 1 Silver
  • 2015 IPC World Championships 1 Gold 1 Silver 1 Bronze
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold 200m medley SM8