Town urged to nom­i­nate Queen’s Ba­ton bear­ers

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Pil­bara com­mu­nity lead­ers and lo­cal le­gends are be­ing en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate for the hon­our of car­ry­ing the Queen’s Ba­ton for the 2018 Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games af­ter Kar­ratha was named as a leg for its tra­di­tional pre-event re­lay.

In­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion will be on the town on Fe­bru­ary 27 when the ba­ton that car­ries a mes­sage from the monarch through­out the Com­mon­wealth, which her­alds the be­gin­ning of the Com­mon­wealth Games when read aloud, will pass through.

Kar­ratha will be the only WA stop north of the Perth metropoli­tan area in the re­lay, with Newman a stop in 2006.

Or­gan­is­ers are seek­ing 3800 ba­ton-bear­ers across Aus­tralia and are look­ing for peo­ple who have achieved some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary or in­spired that in oth­ers; made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to com­mu­nity life; or ex­celled or as­pired to ex­cel ath­let­i­cally or per­son­ally.

Gold Coast 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Peter Beat­tie said choos­ing ba­ton-bear­ers from pub­lic nom­i­na­tions helped cel­e­brate com­mu­nity strength.

“As it trav­els through the coun­try, the ba­ton will bring peo­ple to­gether from across our na­tion’s vast and var­ied land­scapes, from red deserts to rain­forests and moun­tains to is­lands, from our city precincts to be­yond the black stumps,” he said. “It’s a jour­ney that is sure to in­crease our sense of connection and un­der­stand­ing of each other.”

The re­lay will be the long­est in the his­tory of the Com­mon­wealth Games, tak­ing 388 days and cover­ing 230,000km.

It ar­rives in Aus­tralia on Christ­mas Day this year and will spend 100 days trav­el­ling the na­tion be­fore reach­ing the Gold Coast on April 4. Nom­i­na­tions close on May 15. For de­tails or to nom­i­nate some­one, visit gc2018.com/qbr.

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