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The Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay has made its way through the Rose City, to crowds of ador­ing fans. Spe­cial cov­er­age from the re­lay,

WHEN War­wick stu­dent Mikayla O’Neill watches the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Com­mon­wealth Games on Wed­nes­day, her fin­gers will still be buzzing from the touch of the Queen’s ba­ton, which she held just a few days be­fore.

Af­ter trav­el­ling all around the world and through­out Aus­tralia, the royal ba­ton ar­rived safely into Mikayla’s hands on Thurs­day morn­ing.

As War­wick East State School’s ju­nior am­bas­sador, Mikayla from was the first South­ern Downs res­i­dent to lay hands on the ba­ton at the of­fi­cial pa­rade.

It was a mag­i­cal mo­ment she will re­mem­ber for the rest of her life, lift­ing the ba­ton from its case and hold­ing it up for the whole school to see.

Tak­ing part in the hon­our left 10-year-old Mikayla beam­ing with pride.

“I just think it’s amaz­ing that I could hold some­thing that has been all around the world,” she said.

War­wick East State School was the last of 36 start of day schools around Aus­tralia to host the ba­ton be­fore it heads to the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Prin­ci­pal Ma­rina Clarke said be­ing se­lected to host the morn­ing pa­rade and of­fi­cial start of day cer­e­mony was a spe­cial mo­ment for the en­tire school.

“We were cho­sen be­cause we are the old­est na­tional school in Queens­land,” Ms Clarke said.

“In prepa­ra­tion for the day the chil­dren have been learn­ing about the Com­mon­wealth Games and the sig­nif­i­cance of the Queen’s ba­ton.”

On Wed­nes­day, the Queen’s mes­sage con­tained in the ba­ton will be re­vealed and the Com­mon­wealth Games will of­fi­cially be­gin.

Mikayla said she was look­ing for­ward to at­tend­ing the Games with her fam­ily, where they will watch both net­ball and gym­nas­tics.

War­wick East phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Trevor Nel­son said Mikayla was an ex­cel­lent stu­dent who was se­lected for her ma­tu­rity and at­ti­tude.

“She is highly mo­ti­vated and achieves at a high level,” Mr Nel­son said.

Af­ter her mo­ment in the spot­light, Mik­layla passed the ba­ton on to Tsh­inta Ken­dall, the first of 17 ba­ton­bear­ers from the South­ern Downs.

Chil­dren and par­ents formed a guard of hon­our as Miss Ken­dall pa­raded the ba­ton through the school and out into the streets of War­wick.

Hun­dreds of South­ern Downs res­i­dents were out and about, ea­ger to sup­port their ba­ton bear­ers and catch a glimpse of the royal arte­fact.

Photo: Mar­ian Faa

Photo: Mar­ian Faa

MEM­O­RABLE MORN­ING: Mikayla O'Neill will never for­get the morn­ing where she was the first in War­wick to ac­cept the Com­mon­wealth Games Queen's Ba­ton.

Donna Topp, coun­cil­lor Rod Kelly and Lin­coln and Brid­gette Topp.

Pho­tos: Mar­ian Faa

Char­lotte Car­rie, Abi­gail Skaines, Alyssa White and Alexan­dra Car­rie.

Rolanda Rud­dle, Peta Mur­phy, Tammy Wilkie, Chon­telle Bru­ton and Rose­mary Tay­lor.

Pe­ter Curr and Daniel and Stu­art Sims.

Stu­dents at War­wick East State School.

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