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Published Wednesday, 8th March 2017
The City of Wanneroo will be the only local government in Western Australia to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay in two locations ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was very proud that Quinns Rocks and Wanneroo were selected as locations for the Queen’s Baton Relay.
"It is wonderful that two communities within the City of Wanneroo have an opportunity to be showcased on the international stage, and I know local residents will celebrate this momentous occasion with enthusiasm,” Mayor Roberts said.
“Our City is the largest growing local government in Western Australia and to be included in the worldwide journey of the Queen's Baton Relay is an incredible honour. Seventy nations will be competing in the Commonwealth Games and the City of Wanneroo will wholeheartedly embrace their part in such a special event.
“Relay activities and our public celebrations will be announced later this year and we will keep the community informed of the details. The Community Batonbearer Nomination Program officially opened this week and residents are encouraged to nominate.”
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation Chairman Peter Beattie AC said discovering the communities that the Queen’s Baton will visit in Australia is yet another exciting sign that we are fast approaching 11 days of unforgettable sporting action.
“Being a Batonbearer will give people across the country a chance to be a part of the excitement,” he said.
“As it travels through the country the Baton will bring people together from across our nation’s vast and varied landscapes. It’s a journey that is sure to increase our sense of connection and understanding of each other.
“This is an opportunity for Australians of all abilities to join a remarkable journey that starts on Commonwealth Day, and I encourage you to nominate someone in your life that you believe is worthy of the honour.”
Unlike the Olympic Torch, of which there are many in one relay, there is only one Queen’s Baton that is passed between thousands of people around the world. It also contains a special message from the Queen to the athletes. To date the QBR has travelled further and to more nations than any Olympic Torch.
For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay and how to nominate visit: gc2018.com/qbr
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