Burdekin to nominate local legends for Queen’s Baton Relay

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to the Burdekin and residents are being called upon to nominate local legends to take part in the epic journey.

The Baton Relay will pass through Ayr on Monday 19 March 2018 and GC2018 is looking for inspirational local legends, anyone aged 10 years and up, to carry the baton.

Until 15 May 2017 nominators can visit gc2018.com/qbr and write 100 words about why the person inspires them.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Baton would stop in Ayr on its way to Gold Coast, giving residents the opportunity to be part of the excitement of the GC2018 celebrations while showcasing the Burdekin to the world.

“The Queen’s Baton is the icon of the Games with Her Majesty’s message to the athletes, carried from Buckingham Palace to the Opening Ceremony,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Batonbearers are everyday Australians who inspire others to be great. I encourage residents to nominate someone worthy of carrying the baton before nominations close.”

The longest Commonwealth Games baton relay in history departed from Buckingham Palace on March 13 and will travel to all Commonwealth nations and territories for 288 days before arriving in Australia from 25 December this year.

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said being a Batonbearer would give people across the country a chance to be a part of the excitement.

“As it travels through the country the Baton will bring people together from across our nation’s vast and varied landscapes, from red deserts to rainforests and mountains to islands, from our city precincts to beyond the black stumps,” he said.

“It’s a journey that is sure to increase our sense of connection and understanding of each other.”

GC2018 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).

Don’t let any worthy community member’s achievements go unrecognised; go online and nominate them today.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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