The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Wyndham and you can be a part of its journey to the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be staged from 4-15 April 2018. More than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will come to Australia to share in the excitement of the Games.
3,800 batonbearers are needed to carry the Baton across Australia. GC2018 is calling on people to nominate the local legends in their community, anyone aged 10 years and up, whether they’re already accomplished or aspiring to. Batonbearers are everyday Australians who inspire others to be great.
Being a Batonbearer is a unique experience. It’s also an opportunity to be involved in the largest event to be staged in Australia in a decade.
From 5 March 2017 until 15 May 2017 nominators can visit gc2018.com/qbr and write 100 words about why the person inspires them.
GC2018 are looking for people who:
- Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary; or
- Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community; or
- Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally; or
- Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;
- Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017; and
- Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).
- When does the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay start? The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) begins at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017.
- How long is the GC2018 QBR? The GC2018 QBR is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.
- Where does the Queen’s Baton go? The GC2018 Queen’s Baton will visit all nations and territories of the Commonwealth on its way to the Opening Ceremony of GC2018 on 4 April 2018.
- When does the QBR start its Australian journey? The QBR starts its journey in Australia on 25 December 2017. The Baton will be celebrated in communities across the country for 100 days.
- Who can carry the Baton? A Community Batonbearer Nomination Program gives thousands of everyday Australians the chance to share the dream and carry the Queen’s Baton with pride. Batonbearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great. Being a Batonbearer is a unique experience and opportunity to be involved in GC2018.
- Can I nominate someone who does not live in a celebration community? Yes. GOLDOC will endeavor to position batonbearers in a celebration community nearest to where they live.
- How many batonbearers are there? In Australia, there will be 3,800 batonbearers who will share its remarkable journey.
- Is the Relay accessible to everyone? The Relay has been designed to be inclusive and open to people of all abilities, giving as many people as possible an opportunity to spend quality time with the Baton. Unlike a classic relay, running is not essential to the QBR and batonbearers may travel at their own pace.
- How can we follow the Baton’s journey? From 13 March 2017 the Baton’s journey can be followed at gc2018.com/qbr