Western Australia welcomes the Queen’s Baton Relay in lead up to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Western Australia is looking for local legends to carry the Queen’s Baton in Western Australia as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
The Baton will arrive in Western Australia on Thursday 22 February 2018 and will spend six days travelling through 19 communities, highlighting the State’s great diversity.
Thousands of people are expected to turn out to cheer the batonbearers on.
Local legends will carry the Queen’s Baton from Albany, the departure point for WWI soldiers, north through areas including Manjimup, Bridgetown and Bunbury. After spending time in the metro area, showcasing our iconic coastline and meeting the odd quokka, the Baton will head north to Karratha for its last day on Tuesday 27 February 2018.
“A relay isn’t a relay without people, so the Queen’s Baton Relay is looking for people of all ages and abilities to run the Baton around our State,” says Ron Alexander, Director General of the Department of Sport and Recreation.
“This is your chance to be part of one of the country’s biggest community events – and you don’t need to be an athlete to be nominated.
“We want people who represent all that’s great about our communities: someone who has made a significant contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture, community or a charity.
Mr Alexander said the Relay was a chance to show off the best of Western Australia to the rest of the Commonwealth – from our oceans to the amazing outdoors, places of Aboriginal significance and proud communities which are part of who we are.
“The Baton’s journey will also inspire community pride and build excitement for the largest event to be staged in Australia in a decade.
“On a bigger playing field, this is a chance for Australia to inspire and welcome the world: exploring and celebrating the links, traditions and people that connect Australian communities with the Commonwealth.”
From today until 15 May 2017, anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great. Nominations can be made at online.
GC2018 are looking for Australian citizens or people lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018) and one of the following:
- Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary.
- Have made a significant contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community.
- Have excelled or aspire to excel athletically or personally.
- Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community.
- Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017.
Across Australia approximately 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the friendly Games.
The Queen’s Baton will travel through Australia for 100 days from 25 December 2017.
The Queen’s message is held in the Baton and will be read aloud at the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018 to officially open the Games on the Gold Coast.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through Albany, Denmark, Manjimup, Bridgetown, Bunbury, Rockingham, Rottnest, Fremantle, South Perth, Burswood Park, Perth, King’s Park, City Beach, Scarborough, Hillarys, Quinns Rock, Wanneroo, Guildford and Karratha.