Chair Kirk Dawes & Hometown Hero Ricardo D’Alva Represent Rockets at Queens Baton Relay

We were pleased to see two integral members of our organisation recognised for their contributions to the city of Birmingham in the past few days as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Ricardo D’Alva, also recognised as a Hometown Hero ahead of the Games, was first to carry the baton in Bromsgrove on Sunday morning before Kirk Dawes followed in Knowle, Solihull on Tuesday afternoon.

Ricardo said, “It was an honour for me to carry the Queen’s baton for the second time after doing it a few months ago at Buckingham Palace.

“It was amazing to feel the energy and love from the local people as a Hometown Hero and now a Batonbearer.

This would not have been possible without the opportunity given to me by Rob and Kirk to work with the club on the community programme and without the love and support from each individual from the community, which truly makes me feel at home.

Speaking to BBC Midlands Today, Chair Kirk Dawes said, “It is important to me because it brings communities together.

“Not only communities from our country, but also from all over the commonwealth which is really all over the globe – it’s phenomenal”.

Watch the full segment below.

Everyone at Rockets would like to congratulate Kirk and Ricardo, alongside all other nominated baton bearers, for their nominations as we look forward to the beginning of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in our city later this week!