The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has announced the local baton bearers from Warrumbungle Shire who will carry the Queen’s Baton during the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
Across the community, hundreds of people will get the opportunity to engage with the Baton as it spends quality time in the region, arriving at the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre on 31 January 2018 and then moving to the Coonabarabran Oval.
The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life.
From Warrumbungle Shire a lengthy list of baton bearers has been selected to join the ranks of some 288 baton bearers worldwide.
These community members have all made positive impacts on the life of their community in some way - from Coolah’s Peter Manning, who has trained young people to participate successfully in athletic events, through to Dave Maher, who has been a leader in Junior Rugby Union, the Swimming Club and within the Indigenous community.
With so many to choose from, the Warrumbungle Shire team will be led by Carlton Kopke, the only police officer in Mendooran and a great supporter of youth initiatives as well as a community fund-raiser, and Julie Shinton, who has made a significant community contribution, particularly through horse sports and golfing associations. They have been selected to carry the baton in the relay to raise the profile of volunteerism in Warrumbungle shire.
From youth to some of Australia’s accomplished legends, the Queen’s Baton Relay recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life.
Collectively across the country, baton bearers will take more than a million steps to bring the Baton to its final destination - the Games’ Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.
The uniquely-designed Baton starts its Australian journey on 25 December 2017, 100 days before the Opening Ceremony. For one month during the school summer holidays, the Queen’s Baton will visit major events, iconic landmarks and children’s hospitals.
From Canberra, on 25 January 2018, the Baton will switch gears to a traditional relay and be carried by great Australians through QBR celebration communities around the country.
Street level and community celebration details will be announced on 17 November.
Since its launch from Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017, the Baton has inspired athletes and fans across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. Currently it is in Malaysia and is set to visit the remaining 15 Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Brisbane on Christmas Eve.
It will be 60 years since a Baton first carried Her Majesty’s message to athletes of the Commonwealth at the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Wales.
“I am immensely proud of our baton bearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s Baton comes to Coonabarabran,” said Warrumbungle Shire mayor, Cr Peter Shinton.
“Each of the bearers has dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others, and providing outlets for our local people; they have accomplished great feats are working towards realising their dreams.
“Being a baton bearer recognises all of this, and more. I encourage you to support these people in our community, and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton yourselves.”
GOLDOC chairman, Peter Beattie AC, added, “We couldn’t be more excited for the baton bearers who will be a part of this rich tradition.
“We are honoured to have so many great Australians carry Her Majesty’s message for Gold Coast 2018 and we look forward to celebrating their stories and inspiring generations to come.
“For the baton bearers, this will be a rare and unforgettable experience.”
Coonabarabran resident, Julie Shinton, has been named as one of the Warrumbungle Shire baton bearers for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton relay, in recognition of her volunteer efforts within the community.