Olympian Brooke Hanson to welcome arrival of Queen’s Baton in Ayr

Champion Olympic swimmer Brooke Hanson will join Burdekin residents in celebrating the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Ayr on Monday 19 March, as part of the countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Hanson, an Olympic gold and silver medallist, will attend the ‘street-party’ style community celebration in Queen Street, where she will showcase her medals and participate in an interactive Q&A session.

Hanson made her debut for the Australian Swimming Team in 1994 before going on to represent Australia over 25 times at major international championships. Her career highlight came in 2004, when, after missing two Olympic teams, she won Olympic gold and silver medals at Athens Olympic Games.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Hanson was one of Australia’s most recognised Olympians and a role model to all aspiring young sportspeople. “We are proud to have Brooke attend our community celebration as a special guest,” Cr McLaughlin said.

From 9am to 12.30pm, all residents are invited to join the festivities in Queen Street, Ayr, which will culminate with the journey of the Baton through the town.

“Everyone is invited to come out and line the relay route to cheer on our 16 local batonbearers, who were selected through a community nomination process last year,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We will be celebrating all morning in Queen Street, where there will be side walk sales, live music, roaming performers, face painting, children’s activities, entertainment and a jumping castle. There will also be some stalls set up and come and try demonstrations by Lower Burdekin Gymnastics, Burdekin Junior Rugby League and other sporting groups.”

“The batonbearers will proudly carry the Baton through Ayr, commencing from East Ayr State School just before 11.40am and travelling through Queen Street to the finishing point at Ayr State School.”

The full relay route is available at www.gc2018.com/qbr.

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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