The QBR team arrived to the Seychelles Island on Tuesday 11th April for their 5 day journey for the 4th time. The Team was welcome by the Minister for Sport, Youth and Culture Ms. Idith Alexander accompanied by her principal secretary Mr. Fabian Palmyre. Also present was the President of the Seychelles Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, Mr. Antonio Gopal and Secretary General Mr. Alain Alcindor. The Australian and British high Commissioner was also present. Students from 2 nearby school was present to cheer as the baton and the team made their way to the Air Seychelles VIP Lounge. A reception to officially welcome the Queen’s baton was later held at the Beau Vallon Bay hotel.
The Main relay was held on Mahe the following day where it visited 23 schools. Starting at Bel Ombre up to Grand Anse Mahe. The Australian community in the Seychelles later that day organized a small relay from Anse Boileau Police Station to the Chez Plume restaurant where a cocktail was being hosted for the Australian community.
The next day, the team took off to Praslin to continue the relay. The team was greeted at the Airport by school children and the Managing director of the Praslin Airport. After a 20 minutes stop at the Grand Anse Praslin Secondary where different the students was demonstrating some of our culture through dance and songs, the team headed to the UNESCO world heritage site, Valle de Mai where they went on a small tour.
The Australian high commission once again organized a small event for the team at one of the World’s most beautiful beaches, Anse Lazio. The Baton was carried by lifeguards, who had been trained by Australians, in a surf rescue boat. The relay ended by a trip to the last Island La Digue. It was taken by an ox-drawn cart to meet the Aldabra giant tortoise, one of the world’s oldest living creatures.
The Queen’s Baton Relay departed on the 15th April to the Mauritius Island.