Lo­cal leg­ends wanted

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - DENISE KNIGHT

NOW is the time to nom­i­nate a lo­cal leg­end to be a ba­ton bearer to carry the Queen’s Ba­ton as it trav­els through Coffs Har­bour on its way to the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Last week­end the ba­ton started its 388-day, 230,000km jour­ney from Buck­ing­ham Palace, car­ry­ing a spe­cial mes­sage from the Queen to­wards its fi­nal des­ti­na­tion – the Com­mon­wealth Games Open­ing Cer­e­mony on the Gold Coast on April 4, 2018.

Be­fore it gets there, it will travel through 70 coun­tries un­til it ar­rives in Aus­tralia on De­cem­ber 25.

Then the ba­ton will travel for 100 days to con­nect with as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in ev­ery state and ter­ri­tory.

Even­tu­ally the eyes of the Com­mon­wealth will be on Coffs Har­bour on Fe­bru­ary 1, 2018, when the ba­ton ar­rives for a trip through the city.

But the best bit is that you – or a lo­cal leg­end you nom­i­nate – can be a part of this his­toric oc­ca­sion.

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

The com­mu­nity nom­i­na­tion pro­gram is open and of­fers the Coffs Har­bour com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing re­gion the op­por­tu­nity to carry the ba­ton.

Even if you’re not a ba­ton bearer, you can still be a part of the jour­ney by be­ing there to cheer the ba­ton bear­ers on the day.

Un­til May 15, any­one can nom­i­nate a per­son who in­spires them to be great. Nom­i­na­tions can be made at www.gc2018.com/qbr. Ba­ton bear­ers should be 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; and

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

The ba­ton started its 388-day, 230,000km jour­ney from Buck­ing­ham Palace.

FOR QUEEN AND COM­MU­NITY: Olympic medal­ist Rae­lene Boyle was one of hun­dreds of Aussies who car­ried the Queen’s Ba­ton in 2006. PHOTO: BARRY LEDDICOAT

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