The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has announced the local batonbearers from Coffs Harbour 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. Arriving in Coffs Harbour on 1 February 2018.
The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life. Among Coffs Harbour’s batonbearers are Surf Life Saving stalwart Michael McGavigan and outstanding local charity supporter Tom Strickland OAM.
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.
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.
“Coffs Harbour’s batonbearers are both exceptional members of the community who have dedicated their lives to helping others. Being chosen as a batonbearer recognises their achievements, and more,” said Coffs Harbour Deputy Mayor, Councillor George Cecato.
GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC: “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. For the batonbearers, this will be a rare and unforgettable experience.”