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Birmingham 2022: Paralympian Kadeena Cox unveils official mural


Paralympian Kadeena Cox unveils an official mural as Birmingham 2022  launches a hunt for 2,022 Batonbearers to participate in the Queen's Baton Relay in England.

Cox was the first of more than 7,500 people to carry the Commonwealth Games Baton throughout the globe, which began in October at Buckingham Palace in London.

England will host the final phase of a tour that will take the Baton through 72 Commonwealth countries and territories, with the Baton travelling across the country for 25 days before the Opening Ceremony on July 28 at the Alexander Stadium.

Cox was on hand to unveil a mural commemorating the Queen's Baton Relay on Birmingham's Navigation Street, which was planned and painted by street artist Josh Billingham, also known as Gent 48.


Kadeena Cox unveils baton bearer mural

Kadeena Cox unveils baton bearer mural

The mural portrays inspirational local people such as Haseebah Abdullah, England's first hijab-wearing boxing instructor, and Salma Bi, the founder of the first all-Asian women's cricket team, who are also "Hometown Heroes" for Birmingham 2022.

The Baton is also prominently displayed, with QR codes leading viewers to a website where they can nominate someone to be a Batonbearer.

The painting, according to Cox, is an appropriate tribute to Birmingham 2022.

"I was incredibly proud to be the first Batonbearer at the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay last year, and it’s now a real privilege to be in Birmingham to help launch the search to find even more Batonbearers across the country," Cox said.

"The commemorative mural is amazing and perfectly captures the spirit of the Games - it’s been fantastic seeing the public’s reaction today.

"The Queen's Baton Relay is a wonderful chance for people to get involved and nominate someone inspiring they know for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Nominations are open

Nominations for the 2,022 slots are now being accepted, and candidates must meet one of four criteria.

These include being willing to take on a challenge with an exciting tale, making a significant contribution to sport, charity, or other cultural areas, serving as an inspirational figure who motivates others to achieve their goals, or taking on a challenge and having a beneficial communal influence.

Individuals who are 12 years old or older on June 2 can be nominated via the Birmingham 2022 website, along with a 100-word explanation of why they are deserving of the role.


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