Speech by Mr Low Teo Ping at the Queen’s Baton Relay Singapore event
SPEECH BY MR LOW TEO PING, CHEF DE MISSION FOR SINGAPORE, GLASGOW 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND VICE PRESIDENT, COMMONWEALTH GAMES ASSOCIATION SINGAPORE AT THE QUEEN’S BATON RELAY SINGAPORE EVENT ON 24 OCTOBER 2013, 1.00PM AT THE NATIONAL SAILING CENTRE
Your Excellency Antony Phillipson, British High Commissioner to Singapore
Tan Sri Dr Mani Jegathesan from the Commonwealth Games Federation
Colleagues from the Commonwealth Games Association Singapore and the National Sports Associations
Members of the media
It gives me great pleasure to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to Singapore today. On behalf of Singaporeans, we are delighted to host the Queen’s Baton and are excited to receive the Baton at the numerous historical and cultural sites it will visit over these two days.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a much-loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolizes the coming together of all Commonwealth nations in preparation for the quadrennial festival of sport and culture. The Relay presents a great opportunity for the two billion-strong population of the Commonwealth to unite and celebrate sports, diversity and peace.
The Queen’s Baton will visit many historical and cultural landmarks during its tour in Singapore. From the National Sailing Centre, the Baton will continue its journey on rollerblades, bicycles, sailing boat and even the MRT train to visit new and traditional landmarks of Singapore such as the Marina Barrage, Gardens by the Bay, Raffles Hotel and Queenstown Stadium.
Today, Singapore gymnast Lim Heem Wei will deliver the Queen’s Baton to Eden Hall, the residence of His Excellency Antony Phillipson, British High Commissioner to Singapore – in none other than the iconic London cab. Before she made history at last year’s Olympic Games by becoming the first from Singapore to qualify for the gymnastics competition, Heem Wei blazed a trail at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. It was in Delhi where she won the Singapore’s first medal in gymnastics, inspiring future generations of aspiring young gymnasts to set their sights on the international stage.
It has been exactly 48 years since Singapore joined the Commonwealth in October 1965, although Singapore can trace its involvement in the Commonwealth Games further to 1958. Since then, we have taken part in every edition, with the last Games in Delhi being our best appearance in terms of medals. Team Singapore came home with 11 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals that year.
I have firm belief in our athletes and am sure that Team Singapore will aim high for success in Glasgow, bringing pride to Singapore. As we count down to the Games in Glasgow, let us celebrate the arrival of the Queen’s Baton and immerse ourselves in the spirit of this meaningful tradition.
I would also like to extend my appreciation to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Commonwealth Games Federation, the British High Commission in Singapore, our National Sports Associations, our athletes and all venue partners for supporting the Relay.
I look forward to a successful Queen’s Baton Relay in Singapore and a spectacular Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.