The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to NSW and you can be a part of its journey to the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
3,800 batonbearers are needed to carry the Baton across Australia.
The first thing you need to do to be a Batonbearer is to be nominated for the role by someone else!
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).
Starting in Australia on 25 December 2017, the Queen’s Baton will travel for 100 days visiting communities across all states and territories, showcasing Australia’s history, culture, traditions, geography and people to the world.
The GC2018 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.
Even the Baton and its accessories are designed with accessibility in mind.
And in a little more than a week the Queen’s Baton will be launched from Buckingham Palace.
The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay starts on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017.
At Buckingham Palace during a commencement ceremony Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will place Her message into the specially-designed Baton and entrust it to the first Batonbearer.
The Baton will visit all Commonwealth nations and territories of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania for 288 days before it arrives in Australia.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will share the excitement of the Games with millions of people around the world, shining a light on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and the world-class sporting action to come.
The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR)
The Queen’s Baton Relay takes a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the Commonwealth to the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
When the Queen’s Baton arrives at the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, Her Majesty’s message will be removed from the Baton and read aloud to declare the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games open.
The GC2018 Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.
Since the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton has carried a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II calling the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.
As it is passed between people, the Baton embraces the modern and multicultural Commonwealth of today, engaging with young and old, increasing our sense of connection, our understanding of each other and inspiring learning.
Each host city is responsible for delivering a new design for the Queen’s Baton. The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton was revealed on 20 November 2016 and captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast.
Sustainability is a priority for the GC2018 Relay and care has been taken to ensure the Relay leaves positive economic, environmental and social legacies.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018)
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.
GC2018 will be the largest event to be staged in Australia this decade.
GC2018 will feature the largest integrated sports program in Commonwealth Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports.
Australia will host the world’s greatest athletes at GC2018, including Olympic champions, world-class sporting greats and up-and-coming sports stars.
GC2018 will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Australian athletes to compete in a global sporting event on home soil.
In a nationwide first for Australian events, GC2018 will deliver a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which will contribute towards creating meaningful outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through reconciliation focused activities.
More than 3000 international media will attend GC2018 and broadcast to a global audience of more than 1.5 billion.
QBR URL: gc2018.com/qbr QBR Hashtag: #QBR2018
GC2018 Hashtag: #GC2018, #SHARETHEDREAM