The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay commenced its 388 day journey in England over the weekend, with Newcastle Paralympian and GC2018 Ambassador Kurt Fearnley delivering the baton to Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will place a message in the baton to be read aloud at the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 4 April 2018.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel 230,000km around the Commonwealth, spending the final 100 days in Australia. The baton will pass through 28 locations in New South Wales, providing local communities with the chance to engage with the event between 28 January and 6 February 2018.
The commencement of the Queen’s Baton Relay coincides with the opening of nominations for Australian baton bearers. GC2018 are welcoming nominations for people of all abilities to share the dream and become a baton bearer for the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay. A baton bearer is someone who meets one or more of the following criteria:
• Has achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary
• Has made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community
• Has excelled, or aspires to excel athletically or personally
• Who contributes to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community
Nominations close on Monday 15 May 2017. The Office of Sport invites sports clubs and community groups to consider nominating someone to be involved with the Queen’s Baton Relay.