‘Lo­cal leg­ends’ wanted to carry Queen’s Ba­ton

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Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil has called for nom­i­na­tions for ‘lo­cal leg­ends’ to carry the Queen’s Ba­ton when it ar­rives in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the lead-up to the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

The ba­ton will ar­rive in Ararat on Fe­bru­ary 13, 2018, on its way to the games on Queens­land’s Gold Coast.

The Queen’s Ba­ton car­ries a mes­sage from Her Majesty The Queen through the en­tire Com­mon­wealth over 388 days, or about 230,000 kilo­me­tres.

The games are de­clared of­fi­cially open when the mes­sage is read aloud.

Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper said the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay was a rare op­por­tu­nity to shine a light on the peo­ple and places that helped make the Ararat and sur­round­ing com­mu­nity great.

“We’re de­lighted to be a part of an event that will take Ararat Ru­ral City to the world and I en­cour­age you to nom­i­nate a lo­cal leg­end you think de­serves to be a ba­ton-bearer, whether they’re an as­pir­ing young per­son or some­one who is al­ready ac­com­plished,” he said.

“I for one can’t wait for the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay – which started its jour­ney on Com­mon­wealth Day, March 13, in the UK – to fol­low its jour­ney around the world on its way to Ararat and then the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast on April 4.”

A com­mu­nity nom­i­na­tion pro­gram has opened. Peo­ple can visit www.gc2018.com for more in­for­ma­tion or to nom­i­nate.

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