The Murweh towns of Morven, Charleville and Augathella are to welcome Queen’s Baton in lead up to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Mayor Annie Liston has made the announcement this morning at a specially called community meeting at the Charleville Golf Club.
Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Morven, Charleville and Augathella as they prepare to host the Queen’s Baton Relay.
Mayor Annie Liston says a community nomination program, which opens today, will offer the people of Murweh and the surrounding region with an opportunity to carry the Baton.
“The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Morven, Charleville and Augathella from Thursday the 8th to Friday the 9th of March 2018, as the Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.”
From today until 15 May 2017, anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great. Nominations can be made at gc2018.com/qbr.
Batonbearers are people of all abilities who inspire others to be great. Batonbearers will represent our community with pride and showcase to the world our region’s great people, sporting achievements, cultural activity, landscapes and much more.
The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth. The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud.
Mayor Liston says this is a unique and great opportunity.
“We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take Murweh to the world and I encourage you to nominate a local legend you think deserves to be a Batonbearer, whether they’re an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished.
“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a rare opportunity to shine a light on the people and places that help make our community truly great.”
GC2018 are looking for people who:
- Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary;
- Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community;
- Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally;
- Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;
- Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017;
- Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).
Across Australia approximately 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR.
In just eight days the Baton will start its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March, travelling through every Commonwealth nation and territory on its way to Australia.
The Australian journey begins on Christmas Day this year, with the Baton being passed on for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory and arriving in the hands of Locals in Our towns on Thursday the 8th to Friday the 9th of March.
Mayor Liston says The Queen’s Baton Relay is not only a symbol of the Commonwealth Games, but an event that will connect Murweh with communities across Australia and the entire Commonwealth.
“It’s a tradition that celebrates community pride and that shows us how important a role sport plays to build our great community, which is why we’ve chosen to embrace the Baton’s visit wholeheartedly. And it means [Community] will play an important part in the largest multi-sport event to be staged in Australia in a decade.
“I for one can’t wait for the start of the QBR on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March, and to follow its journey around the world on its way to Murweh and the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
BATON FAST FACTS:
- Since the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton has carried a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II calling the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition
- The GC2018 Relay is the longest in history, travelling for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.
- In Australia, the Baton will travel for 100 days through every state and territory, showcasing Australia’s history, culture, traditions, geography and people to the world.
- From London, the Baton will travel to all Commonwealth nations and territories for 288 days before arriving in Australia for the final leg of the journey.
- The Baton will reach its final destination at Carrara Stadium for the Games’ Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018. The Games are declared open when the Queen’s message is read aloud.