Town urged to nominate Queen’s Baton bearers
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.