THE Queen has sent a message to the people of Australia, but it will not reach Perth until Christmas Day.
The Queen’s message was placed inside the baton at the start of her Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace on Monday, to begin a 388-day journey to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Perth on December 25, and the people of Western Australia are invited to nominate a local legend to carry the baton as it makes its way across the state.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation chairman Peter Beattie said being a baton-bearer would give people across the country a chance to be “part of the excitement of the Commonwealth Games”.
“This is an opportunity for Australians of all abilities to join a remarkable journey, and I encourage you to nominate someone in your life you believe is worthy of the honour,” he said.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said it was an honour for Perth to be placed on a global stage as the Queen’s Baton journeys through the city towards its destination at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
“The Relay is a tradition that celebrates community pride and it highlights the important role sport plays in connecting people of the Commonwealth through friendly competition,” she said.
The Lord Mayor said the Community Batonbearer Nomination Program presents an opportunity to shine a light on the people and places that help make our community truly great.
Until 15 May, people can nominate an extraordinary individual for the honour of carrying the Baton through Perth at www.gc2018.com/qbr.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games 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.