Baton is as much a part of the Commonwealth Games tradition as the
torch is part of the Olympics. The first Baton was made in 1958
for the Games held in Cardiff, Wales.
For each Games,
the host country designs a unique Baton which carries a message
from The Queen across the Commonwealth, to be read aloud at the
Opening Ceremony, greeting athletes and visitors and officially
announcing the start of the competitions.
The Baton begins its journey on Commonwealth Day, leaving England
from Buckingham Palace and traveling around the Commonwealth before
returning to the host nation.
For the 1994
games, held in Victoria, British Columbia, the Baton was fashioned
from sterling silver and was engraved with traditional symbols of
the creative artists' families and cultures, including a wolf, a
raven and an eagle with a frog in its mouth.
1998, the Games were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Baton
design was inspired by a traditional Malay artifact, the 'Gobek',
which is a unique cylindrical areca nut-pounder widely used and
displayed in Malay homes.
The Baton for
Manchester 2002 has special significance as it marks the Golden
Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen and has been designed to symbolise
the uniqueness of the individual and the common rhythm of humanity.
You can find out more about the design of the Jubilee Baton by clicking