Games one step closer...
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.
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.
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.