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Commonwealth Games plans easily relayed
From: www.heraldsun.news.com.au
01 Nov 05

LITTLE Tolotea Sami found the perfect way to keep the Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton to herself yesterday.

The promising young athlete climbed away from the crowds and on to the trunk of a palm tree in her picturesque home town of Funafuti in Tuvalu.

Young Tolotea won four gold medals at Tuvalu's Inter Primary and Secondary School Games earlier this year.

Her home country was the 60th stop in the Queen's Baton Relay, and locals were keen to get their hands on the Games symbol.

The baton will eventually visit 71 Commonwealth destinations including Australia.

Despite only having a population of 12,000 spread over nine coral atolls in the South Pacific, Tuvalu is planning to send eight athletes to the Commonwealth Games.

The Queen's Baton left Tuvalu for Samoa last night.

From Samoa it will head to Niue, then on to Tonga and the Solomons.

It will arrive in Australia on January 24, with Sydney as its first stop. The baton reaches Victoria on February 16 and will tour the state until the March 15 opening ceremony.

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