Queen’s Baton to be taken to Rottnest Island by team of swimmers

Rottnest Island. Picture: Auscape/UIG via Getty Images
Rottnest Island. Picture: Auscape/UIG via Getty Images

A TEAM of two men and two women will take the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton to Rottnest Island during the annual Rottnest Channel Swim on February 24 next year.

Swim organisers confirmed the team had been selected but could not comment on its membership today.

The baton is being carried 230,000km across Commonwealth countries before the games on the Gold Coast next April.

When asked by the Western Suburbs Weekly for the membership, and if the baton would accompany the swimmers alongside on a boat, a spokeswoman for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation said baton bearers would receive information about their sections in mid-December.

Olympic medal-winning swimmer and North Perth resident Eamon Sullivan is listed on the Game’s website as a baton relay participant, but it is not yet known if he is one of those taking the baton to the island 19km west of Perth.

About 3800 baton bearers are carrying the baton across Australia during 100 days from Christmas Day.

In Perth, the baton will go through Rockingham, Rottnest Island, Fremantle, South Perth, Burswood Park, Perth, King’s Park, City Beach, Scarborough, Hillarys, Quinns Rocks, Wanneroo and Guildford.

A message from Elizabeth II in the baton will be read at the games’ opening ceremony on April 4.

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