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The City of Rockingham was an Australian Celebration Community for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II set the baton in motion during a star-studded ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Monday 13 March 2017. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Edward The Earl of Wessex, The Queen placed her message to the Commonwealth and its athletes inside the distinctive baton.

Thank you to all who came out to cheer the Queen's Baton Relay on Friday 23 February 2018 as it was proudly carried through the City of Rockingham.  We are now forever part of the longest relay in history, covering a distance of 230,000 kilometres in 288 days from Buckingham Palace to the Gold Coast.

The 21 Queens Batonbearers celebrate the baton's arrival in Rockingham at a community event.

Queen’s Baton Relay:  Rockingham, Day 60

Twenty-one Batonbearers represented Rockingham in the Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday 23 February. The 21 Batonbearers were chosen by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation after a community nomination program which selected people of all abilities from all walks of life in recognition of the inspiration they have provided to others.


  • Terry Howson
  • Sophie Williams
  • John Ree
  • Anne Moore
  • Simon Read
  • Sharon Young
  • Jan Thair
  • Murray Horbury
  • Morena Carusi
  • Guiseppe Carbone
  • Jayde Taylor
  • Robert Bates
  • Johanna Byrne
  • Jordan Elizabeth Mears
  • Murray Tolbert
  • Marlee Mickle
  • Noel Oakey
  • Trevor Holmes
  • Megan Nielsen
  • Eileen Frith
  • Craig Watts
Image of Batonbearer Terry Howson on the coastline holding the baton

QBR - Rockingham Gallery

See below a gallery of images from the Queen's Baton Relay.


Where did the Queen's Baton Visit?

See below some of the baton's journey.

Queen's Baton Relay: Sierra Leone

With the message on board, the baton’s first port of call was Sierra Leone, the beginning of its remarkable 388-day adventure.

Sierra Leone

Queen's Baton Relay: Ghana

The Queen's Baton Relay visits Ghana.


Queen's Baton Relay: Cameroon



Queen's Baton Relay: Nigeria



Queen's Baton Relay: Trinidad and Tobago

The Queen's Baton has reached the Carribean!  Firstly it visited the islands of Trinidad and Tobago – the culture capital of  the Caribbean, home to people from Africa, India, Europe, the Middle East and China, with a small portion of native American Indian culture.

The Queens Baton has reached the Carribean!

Queen's Baton Relay: Grenada

Next stop was Grenada, the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg and mace.

Queen's Baton Relay: Grenada

Queen's Baton Relay: St Vincent and the Grenadines

Then it was on to St Vincent and the Grenadines in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, where  the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Queen's Baton Relay: St Vincent

Queen's Baton Relay: Malawi

The Queen’s Baton has covered a few more kilometres since the last update as it continues to criss-cross Africa.

Malawi, a narrow strip of land in the East Africa Rift Valley, was the 11th nation on the itinerary. 

Queen's Baton Relay: Malawi

Queen's Baton Relay: Namibia

It passed through Namibia on the west coast of the continent – famous for its resident population of cheetahs and other wildlife.

Queen's Baton Relay: Namibia

Queen's Baton Relay: St Lucia St Josephs Convent Castries

The Queen's Baton has been continuing its journey through the sun soaked islands of the Caribbean, attracting big crowds wherever it went.

St Lucia St Josephs convent Castries

Queen's Baton Relay: Barbados

It visited Barbados, one of the Carribbean's sporting powerhouses. Local volleyball legend Jayberry Goodridge holds the Baton with pride at the national monument in Bridgetown.

Queen's Baton Relay: Barbados

Queen's Baton Relay: Dominica

A special dance to welcome the Baton to Dominica.

Queen's Baton Relay: Dominica

Queen's Baton Relay: Antigua and Barbuda

From Dominica it was onwards to Antigua and Barbuda.

Queens's Baton Relay: Antigua and Barbuda

Queen's Baton Relay: St Kitts and Nevis

Next stop was St Kitts and Nevis, which is a federation of two little islands. Here local table tennis champ Angelisa Freeman holds the Baton under a spectacular 400 year old Saman tree in Basseterre, capital of the federation.

The Baton has a few more tropical paradises to travel through before it leaves the Carribean.


Queen's Baton Relay: St Kitts and Nevis

Queen's Baton Relay: Montserrat

The Baton then went on to Montserrat. A tiny island home to just 5,000 people. Since the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano in 1997 many people have moved off the island, but as the rebuilding process continues, the population is starting to recover.

Queen's Baton Relay: Montserrat

Queen's Baton Relay: Pakistan

First port of call in the eastern hemisphere was Pakistan.


Queen's Baton Relay: India

A school student from Lal Bahadur Shastri School with the Baton at the spectacular World Heritage listed Qutub complex in Delhi.


Queen's Baton Relay: Bangladesh

Heading east, the next stop was Bangladesh on the Bay of Bengal.


Queen's Baton Relay: Malaysia

Then it was further east to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, where the 1998 Commonwealth Games were hosted.


Queen's Baton Relay: Colombo

When the Baton arrived in Colombo it was greeted by traditional musicians and dancers.


Queen's Baton Relay: Borneo

The next stop was Brunei Darussalam, a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea.


Queen's Baton Relay: Singapore

The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in Singapore.


Queen's Baton Relay: Nauru

Nauru has a population of fewer than 10,000 people.

Queen's Baton Relay: Kirabiti

The photo shows a Batonbearer carrying the Baton across the watery sands to one of the outlying villages on the island of Maiana, during a day-long visit by the QBR.

Queen's Baton Relay: Niue

Niue is made up of 1,600 fulltime residents.

Queen's Baton Relay: The Cook Islands

The Queen's Baton arrived at the Cook Islands.
The Cook Islands

Queen's Baton Relay: Tonga

The Queen's Baton was received by nurses and patients at the paedeatric ward of Tonga's Vaiola Hospital, in Nuku' Alofa.

Queen's Baton Relay: Fiji

Fiji (officially the Republic of Fiji) an island country about 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km) northeast of New Zealand's North Island.

Queen's Baton Relay: Samoa

Samoa, another small group of islands united under one flag and national identity.

Queen's Baton Relay: Tuvalu

Tuvalu is made up of three islands and six coral atolls with a population of 11,000 people.


Queen's Baton Relay: Papua New Guinea

The Queen's Baton was carried by para-athlete Samuel Nason at the closing ceremony of the PNG Games 2017 in Kimbe.
Papua New Guinea

Queen's Baton Relay: Solomon Islands

The Queen's Baton was carried by Faeni dancers during a cultural performance in the Art Gallery, as it relayed through Honiara.
Solomon Islands

Queen's Baton Relay: Norfolk Island

The Queen's Baton arrived at Norfolk Island.
Norfolk Island

Queen's Baton Relay: Aotearoa, New Zealand

The Queen's Baton arrived at New Zealand.
New Zealand