UPDATE @ April 4: HUGE crowds are expected to line the streets of the Gold Coast again today to cheer on the Queen’s Baton on the last day of its journey.
Australian swimmer Cate Campbell delivered the baton into Surfers Paradise overnight, as it edges closer to its final destination – Carrara Stadium for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
The relay continues today, with dozens of sporting and local heroes set to carry the baton as it makes its way from Surfers Paradise to Griffith University and Main Beach.
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This morning, the Queen’s Baton will arrive in a flotilla of surf boats onto Surfers Paradise Beach where Trevor Hendy and son Trevor Hendy Jnr will carry the Queen’s Baton from the surf boats up onto the beach.
They’ll then hand the baton over to local hurdler Sally Pearson who will give the baton to John Coutis who will pass it to Courtney Hancock before a further 17 people carry the Queen’s Baton along the Esplanade to Helen Park.
The Queen’s Baton Relay started on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017, at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty placed Her message inside of the Baton.
The Queen’s Baton has already been passed between thousands of people across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, building excitement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton at the opening ceremony tonight and read it aloud to officially declare the Games open!
For more information and specific times and locations of the Queen’s Baton Relay, click here.
EARLIER @ April 3: The Gold Coast has caught a bad case of Games Fever with thousands coming out to celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay.
The boundless energy of the city has lit up the procession, with locals crowding the streets to wave and cheer our sporting heroes as well as the usually unsung heroes.
After arriving in the host city on Sunday and continuing its journey through the western suburbs, the Baton has been shown off to our famous coastline today.
The Queen’s Baton was winched from a Lifeflight helicopter into a community celebration at Point Danger this morning.
It then weaved its way through Tugun, Currumbin, Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads before scooting inland for a tour of Robina Town Centre and the area around CBus Super Stadium.
This afternoon the Baton will snake through Nobby Beach, Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach, before finishing its day in Surfers Paradise with a party and concert by the Beautiful Girls.
Gold Coast motorists are again being reminded that a number of roads will be closed across the coast today as a result of the Relay.