Central Gauteng Athletics was proud to partner with Ekurhuleni Municipality in the invitation to be part of the Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay which commenced from the 10th-13thFebruary 2014.
The Queens Baton made its way to South Africa for the second time and this whole initiative was to build awareness in the various communities about the Commonwealth Games that will be taking place from the 23 July 2014 in Glasgow Scotland.
The commonwealth baton will make its way to all the commonwealth affiliating countries before going to the Queen in Scotland.
From Left: Gibeon Mashaba, Boyce Mfuneko Joko (Development Officer), Lucky Mohale, Thabo Nkuna and Pollen Ndlanya (Soccer Legend) who were all part of the Commonwealth Games Queens Relay Baton
The relay was made up of legends and current athletes from various sporting codes which included Boxing, Soccer,Cycling,Gymnastics and athletics to name but a few, five of CGA athletes including two of our very own legends Gibeon Moshaba and Lawrence Peu and three of our elite athletes Lucky Mohale ( Former CGA Athletes of the year, Thabo Nkuna ( Comrades Marathon runner and 2012 Pick n Pay Marathon winner, Kayla Gilbert,CGA 100m Hurdles Champion were chosen to take part in the classic relay.
The relay began at Daveyton of which the baton was handed by the President of SASCOC Gideon Sam to the soccer legends to run the route carry the baton with school children from the community schools of Daveyton making the guard of honour and waving the South African Flags all the way to the finish where the members of the community gathered to be addressed by Commonwealth games representative as the media interviewed the legends and athletes throughout.
On same day of 11 February,the baton made its way to Reiger Park via Boksburg police station for the athletes to carry the relay on a fixed route for the community until the finished. At the finished,speeches were made by local representatives and Commonwealth Games representatives on importance of sport in community development and the theme was to address the problem of drug abuse.
Two days later, on the13th of February 2014, two of our athletes Lucky Mohale and Thabo Nkuna were part of the group that carried the Baton from Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to Olympic House via the late former President’s Houghton house for a closing ceremony and cocktail function.
From Left: Lucky Mohale, Gideon Sam (President of SASCOC), Thabo Nkuna
This was truly an inspirational event not only for our athletes that participated in the event but also for athletic as a whole and CGA would just like to Thank the individual athletes for availing themselves from their personal and grabbing the opportunity to raise CGA and Athletic flag in this prosperous event.