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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.


Approximately 3,800 batonbearers will be given the opportunity to carry the Queen’s Baton in Australia.
QBR Ambassador Sally Pearson holding the baton
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.

The nomination and selection criteria for batonbearers was established to ensure fairness, equity, and that a wide cross section of the community were given the opportunity to carry the Queen’s Baton.

A batonbearer must meet 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.

Nominations are now closed. Stay tuned to find out who will be the batonbearer for Rockingham.

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Map of the relay route




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



The Queen's Baton Relay

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

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

Queen's Baton Relay: Grenada

Queen's Baton Relay

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

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