Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay embarks on Queensland journey

5 Nov 2013 12:26 PMJann Stuckey

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton arrived in Queensland today for a brief tour before continuing on its 288 day tour of the Commonwealth.

Premier Campbell Newman joined Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey to welcome the baton to Queensland’s shores at Surfers Paradise.

“The baton arrived in true Gold Coast style by surf boat and was welcomed by a range of athletes and community representatives,” Mr Newman said.

“The arrival of the baton is another milestone in the countdown towards the Gold Coast hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

“The Queensland Government is spending more than $900 million on infrastructure to provide a lasting legacy for the Gold Coast.  It will be world-class infrastructure to deliver a world-class sporting event.”

Ms Stuckey said the baton will hold centre stage at a community event at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

“The community event at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the public’s opportunity to have their photo taken with the Queen’s Baton,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The baton will also travel to Townsville and Cairns where it will again be an ‘honoured guest’ at a variety of community functions.”

Minister Stuckey said Queenslanders have a great affinity for the Commonwealth Games and fond memories of the last time the Commonwealth Games was held in Queensland in 1982.

“We love the Commonwealth Games and I have no doubt our communities will embrace the opportunity to demonstrate our warmth and friendliness and welcome the Queen’s Baton to Queensland,” Ms Stuckey said.

The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) began at Buckingham Palace on 9 October 2013 when Her Majesty the Queen handed the baton to the first of many thousands of baton bearers to carry the baton around the globe.

The QBR symbolises calling on the Commonwealth to come together in peaceful competition for a festival of sport and also showcases the rich diversity of the Commonwealth.  By taking the QBR through the Commonwealth nations and through the host nation, the QBR brings the Commonwealth Games to the people and their cities and towns.

[ENDS] 1 November 2013

 

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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay activity

GOLD COAST

 

Friday, 1 November – 12 noon

·         Arriving to Surfers Paradise beach in true Queensland style

·         Relay with sporting identities and community representatives along  Surfers Paradise

·         The baton will scale the heights of the Gold Coast’s tallest building carried by a Gold Coast athlete in training for  next year’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Saturday, 2 November – 8am

·         Community open day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

·         Public welcome – ‘free entry’ to bird feeding area

·         Opportunity to meet Australia’s Rugby Sevens players including Captain, Ed Jenkins and Queensland locals, Shannon Walker and Luke Morahan

·         Opportunity to have a photo with the Queen’s Baton

 

 

TOWNSVILLE

 

Sunday, 3 November

·         The baton will be transported to The Strand in style by mini moke. Community relay with local athletes, celebrities and business identities

·         Australian Light Horsemen and a legendary Cobb & Co coach will carry the baton along Flinders Street to be  warmly welcomed by Deputy Mayor and Townsville community

·         Townsville Road Runners will make the dash up the heritage-listed pink granite monolith of Castle Hill, taking the baton 285m / 938ft above sea level before Townsville officially farewells the baton as it continues on its journey

 

CAIRNS

 

Monday, 4 November

·         Cairns Regional Council Mayor, Bob Manning OAM will host a community breakfast and relay with past and present athletes, children, celebrities and business identities along the picturesque Esplanade

·         The baton will be whisked off to Green Island, situated on one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef.

·         The baton will experience the contrast of reef and rainforest as it glides just metres above the rainforest canopy on the Skyrail Gondola before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the forest for the ultimate tropical rainforest experience

·         Dancers from Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Group will farewell the baton from Cairns and Australia as it continues on the next leg of its journey around the Commonwealth 

·         Departs Cairns for Papua New Guinea