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Wodonga to welcome Queen’s Baton in lead up to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Wodonga as it prepares to host the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Wodonga on Thursday, February 15, 2018 as the Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on April 4, 2018.

Across Australia about 3800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR.

A community nomination program, which opens today, will offer the people of Wodonga and the surrounding region with an opportunity to carry the Baton.

Batonbearers are people of all abilities who inspire others to be great. Batonbearers will represent a community with pride and showcase to the world the region’s community leaders, sporting stars and local heroes.

Setting off in Australia on December 25, 2017, the Baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory.

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth. The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud.

In just eight days, the Baton will start its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday March 13.

It will travel through every Commonwealth nation and territory on its way to Australia.

From today until May 15, 2017, anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great. Nominations can be made at

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 December 25, 2017; and,
  • Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (December 25, 2017 – April 4, 2018).

“We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take Wodonga to the world and I encourage you to nominate a local legend you think deserves to be a Batonbearer, whether they’re an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished,” Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a rare opportunity to shine a light on the people and places that help make our community truly great.”

About the Queen's Baton Relay

  • The GC2018 Relay is the longest in history, travelling for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.
  • In Australia the Baton will travel for 100 days through every state and territory, showcasing Australia’s history, culture, traditions, geography and people to the world.
  • Each host city is responsible for delivering a new design for the Queen’s Baton. The GC2018 Queen’s Baton design was revealed on 20 November 2016 and captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast.
  • The QBR is a longstanding Games tradition and the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games. 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 at the Games.

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QBR URL: Hashtag:  #QBR2018GC2018 Hashtag: #GC2018, #SHARETHEDREAM

Last updated: 06-03-2017

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