WBO World Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn will soon add another title to his name – a Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Batonbearer!
Horn is the final Batonbearer on Day 96 of the Queen’s Baton Relay’s Australian journey and will carry the Queen’s Baton into South Bank Parklands on Saturday 31 March.
The 30-year-old, who stunned the sporting world in July last year when he beat boxing legend Manny Pacquaio, said it was an honour to be a part of GC2018 so close to the start of the Games.
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“Being one of just 3,800 people across Australia who have the privilege of carrying the Queen’s Baton is something I’ll always remember,” Horn said.
“To do it here in Brisbane, my hometown, the city where I had the greatest triumph of my career and in front of my family and friends, makes it even more special.”
The former schoolteacher competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games, reaching the quarter-finals, and said he’d be keeping a keen eye on Australia’s young Boxing team at GC2018.
“I have such great memories of representing my country and I’m confident our men’s and women’s Boxing teams will do Australia proud on the Gold Coast,” he said.
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said Horn had proven himself a sporting legend so it was fitting for the Hornet to be the final Batonbearer in his hometown.
“We’re just days away from hosting the largest event in our state’s history and the Queen’s Baton Relay gives Queenslanders a chance to be part of history,” she said.
“I urge locals to cheer on the Hornet and all the batonbearers as the Relay travels through Brisbane.”