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GC2018 Queen's Baton Relay to announce Australian batonbearers


STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL 12:01am 18 OCTOBER 2017  

GC2018 Queen's Baton Relay to announce Australian batonbearers

Across Australia, thousands of batonbearers have been selected to be a part of history and carry the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton as it makes its way to the Games’ Opening Ceremony.

A strictly embargoed list of Batonbearer names is now available on Brand Hub at this link: http://bit.ly/QBR-batonbearer, in advance of the official announcement on Wednesday 18 October. In addition, there is video news release available for media use.

At 10:00am AEST, Wednesday 18 October, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) will announce these batonbearers at a media opportunity at the Optus Aquatic Centre (GCAC) in Southport, Queensland.

In attendance will be Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC, GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters, City of Gold Coast Acting Mayor Donna Gates, and Gold Coast batonbearers Brooke Hanson OAM, Marie Bennetts OAM, Harrison Tippett and Preston Campbell.

Entry is at the main entrance, Gate A.

Web: gc2018.com/qbr
QBR Hashtag:  #QBR2018
GC2018 Hashtag: #GC2018, #SHARETHEDREAM 

WHAT: GC2018 QBR Batonbearer announcement
WHERE: Optus Aquatic Centre (GCAC), Marine Parade, QLD, 4215
WHEN: Wednesday, 18 October 2017, from 10:00am to 10:30am AEST

*A complete set of media materials will be available post media call. Visit brand.gc2018.com and register your details for access.

ENDS

For more information please contact:
Kate Shaw – kate.shaw@goldoc.com / +61 466 491 718
Public Relations Officer, Queen’s Baton Relay
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)

Sarah Owens – sarah.owens@goldoc.com / +61 481 916 084
Public Relations Officer, Queen’s Baton Relay
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)

Trish Quayle – trish.quayle@goldoc.com / +61 466 355 886
Communications and Marketing Manager, Queen’s Baton Relay
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)

BACKGROUND
The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) continues to connect the Gold Coast with the entire Commonwealth.

Already the Baton has been passed between thousands of people across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe, building excitement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

The GC2018 Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres. 

The Baton engages with all Commonwealth nations and territories of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania for 288 days before it arrives in Australia for a further 100 days.

The Baton arrives into Brisbane on Christmas Eve and approximately 3,800 batonbearers will carry it through every state and territory in Australia.

The Relay started on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017, at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty placed Her message inside of the Baton.

The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast. In form and inspiration, the Baton is a symbol of our past, present and future.

The Queen’s Baton arrives on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where the Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.

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