Monday 17 January 2022 - 16:00 to Wednesday 09 February 2022 - 17:00


The 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay is an epic journey across the Commonwealth, with The Queen’s Baton visiting all 72 nations and territories, reaching Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas. The international route spans 269 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 140,000 kilometres, with over 7,500 baton-bearers carrying the Baton in their community.

The Baton has spent Christmas Eve in the Seychelles and New Year in the Maldives. It is now in our region, passing through Singapore and Malaysia. The Baton will then return to England, where it will travel for 25 days, with its journey coming to end at the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

To celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay and the Commonwealth Games, we have curated a series of Sports Webinars, delivered by British Council and by our Higher Education partners. This series of webinars will be an exciting opportunity for practitioners, researchers and students to listen to the personal experiences of sport figures, and to learn how innovative technologies have given sports a new and distinctive competitive edge. 

Join these discussions and gain insights into new developments in the world of Sports Science. 

The webinar series will be hosted on Zoom. To register for these webinars, please use the individual links provided below.

Queen’s Baton Relay 2022: Sports webinars 

17 January 2022, 1600 to 1700 SGT
Smart Talk with Philip Liew, Sports Psychology Officer, National Sports Institute, Malaysia

Philip Lew Chun Foong, is a doctoral candidate majoring in applied sports psychology at the University of Southern Queensland. He holds an MSc in Sports Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University, England. As a Sport Psychology practitioner of National Sports Institute of Malaysia (ISN) since 2015 and the current ISN Sports Science Team Leader for the national lawn bowling team’s 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games program, his role is to assist athletes and coaches in preparation for competition and to manage the psychological demands of the sport. 

Register for this Smart Talk here 

17 January 2022, 1630 to 1730 SGT
Applied Research to Improve Sports Performance: a webinar led by the University of Birmingham (UK) and co-hosted by Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

This webinar features speakers from the University of Birmingham, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Sports Institute, and the National Youth Sports Institute (Singapore). Experts in research and practice will share their insights on select topics relevant to applied sports science. The webinar will be of interest to sports science, fitness and rehabilitation practitioners, academics and students interested in the application of sports science research.

Register for this webinar here

18 January 20222, 1900 to 2000 SGT
The Business of Sport in a Digital Age: jointly hosted by the University of Birmingham (UK) and Singapore Institute of Management (Singapore)

This panel discussion examines the impact of digitisation on sports, fitness and wellness and how Singapore businesses are driving global innovation.

Register for this webinar here

19 January 2022, 2000 to 2100 SGT
Smart Talk with Junior Eldstalr, Malaysia National Football Player

Junior Gunnar Putera Eldstal is a graduate of the University of West of England, UK and recipient of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2017 for the category of Professional Achievement. He is a professional footballer who has played in the Malaysian Super League and represents the Malaysian National Team. Presently, he plays for Chonburi FC in Thailand where he has represented Malaysia at various levels, appearing with the under-23s at the 2013 Pesta Bola Merdeka and 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup.  

Register for this Smart Talk here

26 January 2022, 1600 to 1700 SGT
Smart Talk with Susannah Rodgers MBE, former Paralympic swimmer (UK)

Susannah (Susie) Rodgers MBE is a former paralympic swimmer who competed in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning Gold in the 50m butterfly in the Rio Paralympics and five bronze medals in freestyle events across both Games. She won 30 international medals during a career of a decade, winning 17 gold medals at all levels of competition. Susie now works as a global disability inclusion adviser and consultant, both for governments and the private sector, and currently for the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, advising on inclusion in global health and economic development programmes. She was awarded the honour of an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to swimming in 2017 

Register for this Smart Talk here 

9 February, 1600 to 1700 SGT
Smart Talk with Dr Tom Brownlee PhD, Sports Scientist (UK)

Dr Tom Brownlee is a UK-based sports scientist with over ten year’s experience working within elite sport. Tom’s doctoral research investigated strength training in soccer players while working at Liverpool Football Club. Tom now works as an Assistant Professor in Applied Sport Sciences at the University of Birmingham while maintaining consultancy roles with companies such as the English Premier League, Formula 1, NFL and Adidas. 

Register for this Smart Talk here