The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has announced the local batonbearers who will become a part of Australian history by carrying the Queen’s Baton through the City of Perth during the countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
Hundreds of West Australians will have the opportunity to engage with the Baton as it travels through the region, with Fremantle Dockers player Nat Fyfe among those who will carry the Baton through the City of Perth on 24 February.
GOLDOC today revealed the uniforms batonbearers will wear, along with the names of batonbearers and the communities they will carry the Baton in. The list of batonbearers is available at gc2018.com/qbr
Street level detail of the Relay route and community celebration details will be announced in November.
A Commonwealth Games tradition, the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) started on Commonwealth Day (Monday 13 March 2017) at Buckingham Palace, when Her Majesty the Queen placed Her message inside of the Baton.
The Baton engages with all Commonwealth nations and territories of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania for 288 days before it arrives in Australia for a further 100 days to build excitement in the lead-up to the Games.
The Baton is currently in Malaysia and is set to visit the remaining 15 Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Brisbane on Christmas Eve 2017.
Across Australia, 3,800 batonbearers will collectively take more than one million steps to bring the Baton to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.
The GC2018 Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.
The Community Batonbearer Nomination Program (run earlier this year) presented a rare opportunity to shine a light on the people and places that help make the community truly great, by showcasing local legends on an international stage.
From younger members of the community to some of Australia’s accomplished legends, the QBR recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life.
The Queen’s Baton arrives on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where the Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.
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Queen's Baton Relay Batonbearers - City of Perth
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