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Good luck message to all Leeds Athletes at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Leeds City Council would like to wish all athletes that are from or based in the city, the very best of luck ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox OBE, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton. The Queen’s Baton for Birmingham 2022 was created in a West Midlands collaboration that fused artwork, know-how and science. Made out of copper, aluminum and metal, the Baton additionally contains a platinum strand in homage to The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee 12 months.

With 2022 being the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and with Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games, we wanted to take the opportunity to explore how the Commonwealth has helped shape our communities and to highlight the role that sport plays an important role in our lives.

Baton on stage with Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Robert W Gettings

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Robert W Gettings MBE JP said:

”We are incredibly proud of all the athletes representing Leeds at the Commonwealth Games. The city once again has a significant presence on the sporting world stage, which will make the games all the more exciting for people across Leeds, as we cheer on the athletes. We have some truly fantastic sporting facilities in Leeds, including our very own John Charles Centre for Sport, and it is wonderful that they are playing their part in helping athletes who are from or based in the city, participate in elite sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games.

“The week ahead promises to be a true testament to the athletes hard work, skill and dedication and we wish them the very best of luck in their aim to return to Leeds with a commonwealth medal. There is also great sport taking place closer to home, as our fantastic facilities host the British Transplant games across Leeds this weekend, and I would like to extend my best wishes to all the athletes taking part in the games as well.”

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