Queen's Baton Relay

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The City of Rockingham has been announced as 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. With the message on board, the baton’s first port of call was Sierra Leone, the first stop in its remarkable 388-day adventure.Batonbearers running in Sierra Leone

After visiting all nations and territories of the Commonwealth, the baton will start its Australian journey on 25 December 2017, bound for the GC 2018 Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

The baton will visit Rockingham on 23 February 2018.  The baton will be passed five times as it makes its way through the City of Rockingham.

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Approximately 3,800 batonbearers will be given the opportunity to carry the Queen’s Baton in Australia.

The vision for batonbearers is to share the dream and carry with pride the spirit of the Games, embracing the diversity and values of the Commonwealth. They will inspire others with their passion and commitment to sport and community and be excited to represent and promote the Commonwealth Games.QBR Ambassador Sally Pearson holding the baton

The nomination and selection criteria for batonbearers has been established to ensure fairness, equity, and that a wide cross section of the community are given the opportunity to carry the Queen’s Baton. We are looking for people of all abilities to share the dream and become a Rockingham Batonbearer for the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay.

A batonbearer is someone who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • has achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary
  • has made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community
  • has excelled, or aspires to excel athletically or personally
  • contributes to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community.

Other eligibility rules:

  • The minimum age of a batonbearer is 10 years old as at 25 December 2017 (the start date of the relay in Australia).
  • All nominees must be Australian citizens or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the relay period (25 December 2017– 4 April 2018).
  • A nominator must explain in 100 words or less how the nominee meets one or more of the batonbearer criteria and why they should become a batonbearer.

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The City is currently calling on the community to nominate people from the region to be batonbearers.  Nominations close 15 May 2017.  So if you know someone who you think will be ideal as a Rockingham batonbearer you can nominate them using the GC2018 website or download the printable version of the nomination form and return to:

City of Rockingham
PO Box 2142
Rockingham DC  WA  6967

This is an exciting opportunity for the City and we encourage the community to get involved.

We will keep you updated on all the news and information of the Queen’s Baton Relay while we follow the baton’s journey to Rockingham, along with the baton changeovers through Rockingham and the celebrations when it arrives at the Rockingham Foreshore on the 23 February 2018.

For more information on nominations contact the City of Rockingham on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au




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QBR Batonbearer Nomination Form PDF 170 kb

Where is the Queen's Baton Now?

We will provide regular updates to inform you 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



Queen's Baton Relay



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