THE Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has announced the local batonbearers from across the Mareeba Shire who will carry the Queen’s Baton during the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
Across the community, hundreds of people will get the opportunity to engage with the Baton as it spends quality time in the region. The baton will arrive in Mareeba in March next year.
From youngsters to some of Australia’s most accomplished legends, the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life.
Local Government representative, Mareeba Shire Councillor Nipper Brown said he is immensely proud of the Shire’s batonbearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s Baton comes to town. “Many have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others, some have accomplished great feats and others are working towards realising their dreams,” he said.
“I encourage you to support these great people in our community, and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton yourselves.”
Collectively across the country, batonbearers will take more than a million steps to bring the Baton to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.
GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie said that it will be a rare and unforgettable experience for the batonbearers “We couldn’t be more excited for the batonbearers who will be a part of this rich tradition. We are honoured to have so many great Australians carry Her Majesty’s message for Gold Coast 2018 and we look forward to celebrating their stories and inspiring generations to come,” he said.
The uniquely designed Baton starts its Australian journey on 25 December 2017, 100 days before the Opening Ceremony. For one month during the school summer holidays, the Queen’s Baton will visit major events, iconic landmarks and children’s hospitals.
From Canberra on 25 January 2018, the Baton will switch gears to a traditional Relay and be carried by great Australians through QBR celebration communities around the country.
Street level and community celebration details will be announced on 17 November.
Since its launch from Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017, the Baton has inspired athletes and fans across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. Currently it is in Malaysia and is set to visit the remaining 15 Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Brisbane on Christmas Eve.
It will be 60 years since a Baton first carried Her Majesty’s message to athletes of the Commonwealth at the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Wales.
GOLDOC showcased the uniforms batonbearers will wear today the first time.
Batonbearer names and the communities that they will carry the Baton in are available at gc2018.com/qbr
MAREEBA SHIRE BATONBEARERS:
Ann Adams SonyaAlba-Miller Peter Apel Ethan Crees Nadia Falvo Meredith Ford Rasheeda Grainer-Collins Tyler Ius Graham Jorgensen Concetta Martens Callum McCarthy Lesa Pershouse