Port Phillip residents to get a start in Queen’s Baton Relay

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Council Statement

Port Phillip residents are being invited to lace up their runners and carry the Queen’s Baton in the run up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

A community nomination program, which opened this week, offers people in Port Philip and surrounding region a chance to join the action and carry the famous Baton in February next year.

City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss said the excitement of being involved should trigger a “stadium full” of nominations and that anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great. Nominations can be made at www.gc2018.com/qbr and close Monday 15 May, 2016.

“We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take in St Kilda, Middle Park, Albert Park and South Melbourne to the world again; after our municipality hosted so many events for the 2006 Commonwealth Games,” Cr Voss said.

“I urge you to nominate someone you think is worthy because it’s a rare opportunity to shine a light on the great people and places that help make Port Phillip so vibrant, healthy and inclusive.

“The relay is a tradition that celebrates community pride and shows sport’s important role in building our great community. That’s why we’ve chosen to embrace the Baton’s visit wholeheartedly.”

Across Australia, about 3,800 people will be needed for the Queen’s Baton Relay to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’. Setting off in Australia on December 25, 2017, the Baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory.

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth. The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud. On Monday March 13, 2017 the Baton started its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day. It will travel through every Commonwealth nation and territory on its way to Australia.

The organisers of the Queens’s Baton Relay 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;
  • are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017 and
  • are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

More information about the Queen’s Baton Relay can be found at www.gc2018.com/qbr

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