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The very first Games of the British Empire
Were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada
Over time it has evolved and changed
Into what we now call the Commonwealth Games
Athletes from the Caribbean, Oceania
The Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa
Fly their countries’ flags with glory and pride
Watched by an audience worldwide
The Games have had many mascots
From Shera the Tiger, to Mac the Scottie Dog
Australia has given us Matilda the Kangaroo
And Karak the South-Eastern Red-tailed Cockatoo.
The 1954 Games in Vancouver, Canada
Saw the legendary race between Landy and Bannister
In what would be remembered as the ‘Miracle Mile’,
The UK won Gold with determination and style.
In 2002 for the first time in history
The Games included sports for athletes with a disability
The core values of the Games were bound up in this legacy
Of supporting Humanity, Equality and Destiny.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is epic and long
Travelling 118,000 miles in all
The globe-spanning journey takes 288 days
Before landing in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.
In 2014 six and a half thousand athletes
Will be welcomed into Glasgow from seventy countries.
All over the city in the East, South and West
World-class competitors will be put to the test
Millions of spectators watch 17 sports
From bowls on the lawn to squash on the court
On the track and field we watch the athletics
And on high diving boards we see the aquatics
Clyde the Thistle, with his smiley face
Will welcome visitors with a warm embrace
The Commonwealth Games of 2014
Will be the friendliest Games the world has ever seen.