City of Rockingham to host leg of Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of 2018 Commonwealth Games

GC2018 Ambassador Sally Pearson with the Queen's Baton.
GC2018 Ambassador Sally Pearson with the Queen's Baton.

ROCKINGHAM’S opportunities to be part of some well-known sporting events have gained momentum, with a special announcement this week by Mayor Barry Sammels.

The City of Rockingham has been selected to host a leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Beginning from Buckingham Palace in the UK on March 13, the Queen’s Baton Relay will take a message from Her Majesty the Queen around the Commonwealth to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud.

Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Rockingham, as the City prepares to host the Queen’s Baton Relay on its journey to the GC2018 Opening Ceremony on April 4, 2018.

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A community nomination program opened early this week and offers people of Rockingham and the surrounding region an opportunity to carry the Baton.

Baton bearers are people of all abilities who inspire others to be great and will represent the community with pride.

It will set off in Australia on December 25, 2017, travelling for 100 days, connecting with as many people as possible in every state and territory.

“We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take the beautiful City of Rockingham to the world,” said Mayor Barry Sammels.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a rare opportunity to shine a light on the people and places that help make our City such a wonderful place to live.”

Nominations can be made until May 15 at