Local baton bearers announced for Commonwealth Games 2018 Queens Baton Relay

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation has announced the baton bearers from the far south coast who will carry the Queen’s Baton during the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

28 local baton bearers have been chosen to carry the Baton, which will arrive in Batemans Bay on Tuesday 6 February for a community celebration at Corrigans Reserve.

Organisers called for nominations for local legends to be part of the Baton’s journey back in May. Each local baton bearer for will carry the Baton for 200 metres as it makes its way through Batemans Bay. The full baton bearer list and route map available at Queen’s Baton Relay website

The Baton starts its Australian journey on 25 December 2017, 100 days before reaching the Games’ Opening Ceremony on the Gold Coast on 4 April 2018.

The Queen’s Baton will visit major events, iconic landmarks and children’s hospitals during the summer school holidays before switching to a traditional relay in Canberra on 25 January.

Traveling south from Sydney, the Baton will arrive in Nowra on 5 February and Batemans Bay on 6 February before departing for Tasmania.

Details about the community celebration in Batemans Bay will be announced on 17 November.

Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes congratulated the far south coast locals chosen to carry the Baton as it makes its way through Batemans Bay.

“The wonderful people selected for this special task have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others. Some have accomplished great feats and others are working towards realising their dreams.

“Being a baton bearer recognises all of this and more. For them, this will be a rare and unforgettable experience and I encourage everyone to share the excitement and get behind the Relay when it comes to Batemans Bay in February.”

The Baton launched from Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017 and has made its way across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. Currently in Malaysia, it is set to visit the remaining 15 Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Brisbane on Christmas Eve. Media Release

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