Commonwealth Games Quick Facts
Queens Baton Relay
On 24 December 2017, the Queen’s Baton will arrive in Australia and travel for 100 days through local Australian communities across all states and territories. Explore where the Baton Relay will travel in Australia on the Queen’s Baton Relay page and see if you can get a glimpse of it on its way to the Gold Coast for the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.
The Queens Baton relay commenced its journey to Australia on Commonwealth Day, 13 March 2017, with Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, launching the event from the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace. At the commencement ceremony, Her Majesty placed her message into the Queen’s Baton and entrusted it to the first Batonbearer, recently retired Australian Track Cycling legend, Anna Meares OAM. The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be the longest and most accessible Queen’s Baton relay ever.
A total of 3,800 Batonbearers will carry the Queen’s Baton around Australia. Batonbearers were nominated by the public, for achievements and contributions to the Australian community. These Batonbearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great. A full list of Australian Baton bears, can be found on GOLDOC’s website here.
Gold Coast 2018 Medals Unveiled
Earlier this month, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games gold, silver and bronze medals were unveiled. The medals designed and created by Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, a local Nunukul, Ngugi and Goenpul woman of Quandamook Country. Check out the medals here.