The 2018 Commonwealth Games kick off on April 4, 2018 in Australia's Gold Coast, but the celebrations have already begun. The Queen’s Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace on March 13, 2017 and began it's journey to 70 Commonwealth nations covering close to to 230,000 kilometres!

Last evening the Baton made a stop in Toronto. Swiss watchmaker Longines known for their deep history of excellence in precision timing was there to help celebrate. It only makes sense that the brand is both the official partner of the relay and the official time keeper of the games. Also on hand to help welcome the baton were Canadian medal winners Curt Harnett and Alexandra Orlando who chatted about their athletic experiences and emotional ties to the games.

Originally called the British Empire games, the games trace their beginnings back to 1930 and were first hosted in Hamiltion Ontario, so the event could be considered a bit of a home coming.

The baton's Canadian journey will continue with stops in Edmonton, Alberta on July 29, Victoria, British Columbia on July 31 and completes its Canadian journey in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 1.




Daniel MacKinnon