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GC2018 Queen's Baton showcases the Games host city


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GC2018 Queen’s Baton showcases the Games host city

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It has so far travelled for 306 days through the entire Commonwealth, and today the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton put its home town on the map.

GC2018 Ambassador and swimming champion Cam McEvoy carried the Queen’s Baton to the stunning Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park, delighting locals and tourists this morning at the picturesque rock formation and waterfall. 

“Whenever international swimmers come to train on the Gold Coast I always tell them to come to Springbrook National Park. 

“And it’s great as I don’t often come out here during the week due to the heavy training load so it’s been nice to come out here and have an active recovery walk through the bushes and the natural arch carrying the Queen’s Baton.”

This evening, it took in 360-degree views of the entire city from 270 metres high on the SkyPoint sunset climb at Q1. Myora Kruger of the Yugambeh Youth Choir had the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton to great heights.

“Nearly everywhere you can see below is Yugambeh land so it’s really special for me to be able to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay and take it all in from up here.”

On its mission to inspire the people of the Commonwealth and showcase the upcoming Gold Coast Games, McEvoy said carrying the Queen’s Baton hit home how quick GC2018 is approaching. 

“Everywhere I go, the people I am meeting and the training I am doing, the competitions I race, it’s a little sign here and there showing me that the Games are just around the corner.”

Today’s two unique Gold Coast locations were a nod to the design origins of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton. The macadamia wood on the back of the Queen’s Baton is native to the Gold Coast and serves as an important symbol of traditional indigenous sustainable cultural practice, whilst the front leading edge is made from reclaimed plastic collected from local waterways and beaches, an important reminder to be sustainable citizens.

This is the last time the Queen’s Baton will be on the Gold Coast until 1 April when it will spend its final three days in traditional relay mode making its way to Carrara Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on 4 April.

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For more information, please contact:
Sarah Owens – sarah.owens@goldoc.com / +61 481 916 084
Media Team, 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)


COMPLETE JANUARY SCHEDULE BELOW

BACKGROUND

The Queen’s Baton has been passed between thousands of people for 288 days across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, building excitement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

In Australia, the Queen’s Baton will traverse 40,000km, travelling through every state and territory for 100 days. 

Approximately 3,800 batonbearers will carry the Queen’s Baton through every state and territory in Australia.

During the school holidays, the Queen’s Baton is engaging with thousands of Australians at popular summertime events, iconic locations and children’s hospitals around the country.

The Queen’s Baton will return to the Gold Coast in traditional relay mode on Sunday, 1 April 2018. 

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

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

The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast. In form and inspiration, the Queen’s 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 HRH The Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.

Follow the Queen’s Baton throughout January:

Date

Location

Comment

24 Dec

Brisbane

Baton arrival into Australia at Brisbane International Airport 7:15am

25 Dec

TRANSIT DAY

 

26 Dec

Melbourne

MCG Outfield Fan Zone

27 Dec

TRANSIT DAY

 

28 Dec

Hobart

Taste of Tasmania.

29 Dec

Hobart

Royal Hobart Hospital. Closed visit

30 Dec

TRANSIT DAY

 

31 Dec

Perth

 

Hopman Cup

Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge for New Year’s Eve community celebrations.

1 Jan

Perth

Perth Children’s Hospital. Closed visit

Perth Cup

2 Jan

TRANSIT DAY

 

3 Jan

Canberra

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Closed visit

4 Jan

Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

5 Jan

Sydney

SCG Outfield Fan Zone.

6 Jan

Brisbane

Brisbane International women’s finals

7 Jan

Brisbane

Brisbane International men’s finals

8 Jan

North Stradbroke Island

Community Celebration

9 Jan

Gold Coast

Magic Millions Barrier Draw

10 Jan

Palm Island

Community Celebration

11 Jan

Brisbane and Gold Coast

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and Gold Coast University Hospital. Closed visit

12 Jan

Gold Coast

Springbrook National Park

Q1 Sky Point Climb

13 Jan

Uluru

Uluru

14 Jan

TRANSIT DAY

 

15 Jan

Melbourne

MCG National Sports Museum

Monash Children’s Hospital. Closed visit

16 Jan

Melbourne

Australia Open Tennis AO Ballpark stage

Royal Children’s Hospital. Closed Visit

17 Jan

TRANSIT DAY

Great Ocean Road photo opportunity

18 Jan

TRANSIT DAY

 

19 Jan

Adelaide

Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Closed Visit

20 Jan

Adelaide

Adelaide Oval Roof Climb

21 Jan

Adelaide

Tour Down Under

22 Jan

TRANSIT DAY

 

23 Jan

TRANSIT DAY

 

24 Jan

TRANSIT DAY

 


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