The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Kangaroo Island on Tuesday February 20, 2018 as the Queen’s Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, on April 4, 2018.
Local KI legends are being called on to be a batonbearer.
Across Australia, about 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR. A community nomination program, now open, will offer the people of KI an opportunity to carry the Baton.
Setting off in Australia on 25 December 2017, the Baton will travel for 100 days.
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.
The Baton will start its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday March 13.
It will travel through every Commonwealth nation and territory on its way to Australia.
From today until May 15 2017, anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great. Nominations can be made through the website: gc2018.com/qbr.
GC2018 are looking for people who:
Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary; or
Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community; or
Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally; or
Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;
Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017; and
Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).
Batonbearers will be required to travel 200-250 metres carrying the baton.
Mayor Peter Clements said he was “delighted” KI was been selected to take part in the iconic event celebrating the Commonwealth Games.
“It presents a rare opportunity for us to showcase our great island community to the world and will connect us with communities across Australia and the entire Commonwealth – we embrace the Baton’s visit wholeheartedly,” Mayor Clements said.
“If you have a local legend in mind who you think deserves to be a Batonbearer, I encourage you to nominate them through the official website.
“I look forward to the start of the Baton’s journey on Monday March 13 2018, and will be following its travels around the world to us, and then on to the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”