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City in the Media
City of Joondalup to Share in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Excitement
7/03/2017 8:13:38 AM
The City of Joondalup has been revealed as one of the Australian Celebration Communities for the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) held a national announcement on Sunday 5 March detailing QBR celebration communities across Australia.
GOLDOC also launched the Community Batonbearer Nomination Program, giving the public an opportunity to nominate leaders in their local community to carry the Baton.
The QBR is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.
The QBR takes a message from Her Majesty The Queen calling for peaceful and friendly competition at the Games through the Commonwealth to the Opening Ceremony of GC2018.
The QBR’s worldwide journey is the longest Relay in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth in 388 days and 230,000 kilometres, including 100 days in Australia.
The Baton will arrive at the GC2018 Opening Ceremony, on 4 April 2018, where the message will be read aloud to officially open the Games.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said it is an honour for the City to be one of the Celebration Communities for the QBR.
“The City is excited to be hosting a leg of the QBR as well as holding a community celebration to mark the special occasion,” Mayor Pickard said.
“Our City has always been a strong supporter of sport and recreation as it plays a vital role in strengthening and engaging communities, building community spirit and ensuring residents enjoy a greater level of health and well-being.
“GC 2018 celebrates the Commonwealth Games values of sport, community, diversity and peace, and the City shares these values and salutes the activities and athletes at the heart of this powerful movement.
“The Community Batonbearer Nomination Program allows real people with real stories to share in the Commonwealth Games excitement by having the opportunity to carry the Baton during the QBR.
“I encourage members of our local community to nominate ordinary people who have done extraordinary things and would be worthy batonbearers in the QBR.”
Members of the community can nominate a local hero to become a Batonbearer at the GC2018 website – gc2018.com/qbr
The street level details and the City’s QBR community celebration will be announced later this year.