7 March 2017

Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Albany as it prepares to host the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Albany on Thursday, February 22, 2018 as the Baton journeys into Western Australia towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

"We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take Albany 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," Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said.

"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."

Setting off in Australia on 25 December 2017, the Baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory. 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.

In just eight days 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.

Across Australia approximately 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR. A community nomination program, which is now open, will offer the people of Albany and the surrounding region with an opportunity to carry the Baton.

Batonbearers are people of all abilities who inspire others to be great and represent their community with pride. From today until 15 May 2017, anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great. Nominations can be made at www.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).