Queen’s Baton Relay: Stirling deputy mayor encourages residents to nominate ‘local legend’ to take part in Commonwealth Games event

Surf Life Saving WA chief executive James O'Toole and City of Stirling deputy mayor Keith Sargent at Trigg Beach.
Surf Life Saving WA chief executive James O'Toole and City of Stirling deputy mayor Keith Sargent at Trigg Beach.

THE Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through Scarborough ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with residents encouraged to nominate a “local legend” to take part.

Similar to the Olympic Torch relay, the Queen’s Baton Relay marks the start of the Commonwealth Games and will pass through Scarborough and Trigg Beach as part of the 100-day Australian leg of the course.

City of Stirling deputy mayor Keith Sargent encouraged people from throughout the community to nominate a local legend (aged 10 years and older) to be part of the relay.

“When it comes to sporting events, the Commonwealth Games is one of the worlds biggest and it’s an absolute thrill that the relay will visit the City of Stirling,” he said.

“A total of 3800 people will carry the baton across Australia in what will be the largest event staged in this country in a decade.

“I’d like to encourage everyone to nominate someone in their life that they believe is worthy of the honour of being a baton bearer during the course, as it really will be a special experience.”

Launched at Buckingham Palace, the baton will be relayed across 230,000km through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth before reaching the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games in April 2018.

The relay starts its Australian journey on December 25 2017.

To nominate someone to carry the baton, visit gc2018.com/qbr by May 15 2017 and share 100 words about why that person inspires you.

Organisers are looking for Australian citizens who have achieved something extraordinary, inspired others or have made a significant contribution in their chosen field.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Australians of all abilities to join this remarkable journey,” Cr Sargent said.