Alisha from the Upper Sixth recently represented the school as one of the baton bearers for the Queen’s Baton Relay, an event which celebrates the Commonwealth and aims to bring hope, solidarity and collaboration to the nations the baton visits. Alisha’s leg on the Baton Relay was on Thursday 21st July, and was particularly exciting as she held the baton whilst riding in a power boat!
This year marked the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay, and the baton’s journey spanned 294 days, and took it to every corner of the Commonwealth.
Sarah Blanks, Director of Sport, nominated Alisha and listed her incredible accomplishments during her time at the school: “Alisha set up a mentoring scheme and hosted podcasts for KEHS pupils. Outside of school she is involved in a mental health podcast for teenagers. In 2021 Alisha ran a successful charity campaign with the now called King Edward’s Home Bank, for Hygiene Poverty in the West Midlands, which raised over £5,000 and is now in its second year.”
Speaking about her time as a baton bearer, Alisha said: “It was such an amazing and surreal experience! I found out just 30 mins before that my segment was going to be on a power boat so being in open water definitely got me facing my fear of the water. Everyone was so nice and supportive and I can’t thank the school enough for nominating me.”
Pictured below, Alisha, alongside Will from King Edward’s School, who was also a baton bearer.