The countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is well and truly heating up, with just 200 days to go until the opening ceremony.
To celebrate, organisers have confirmed, the Queen’s Baton will arrive at Brisbane Airport on Christmas Eve, 100 days before the Games begin.
“As the first port of call in Australia, Queenslanders will guarantee the Baton a warm welcome before it embarks on the 100-day journey across the country, visiting every state and territory on its way to the Opening Ceremony,” Games Minister Kate Jones said.
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“When it arrives into Brisbane, the baton will have completed a 288-day expedition, sharing the Games dream with thousands of people across the Commonwealth, connecting the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia with one-third of the world’s population,” Ms Jones added.
“And on Christmas Eve, there’s no better place to come home to than Queensland.”
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has also come on as an event sponsor.
“We recognise that Brisbane Airport … will be the main gateway into Australia for the majority of international travellers arriving for the Commonwealth Games,” BAC Acting CEO Stephen Goodwin said.
“We anticipate around 70 per cent of the nearly 14,000 visitors and Games associated representatives are expected to fly in for the Commonwealth Games to come through Brisbane’s International Terminal and we’re well prepared for their arrival,” Mr Goodwin explained.
200 days out from the biggest sporting event the Gold Coast has ever seen, all new sporting venues have been constructed.
“We received 47,000 volunteer applications, 1.2 million ticket requests, 16,000 people have put their hand up to work on the Games and the Queen’s Baton Relay has already visited 45 nations,” Ms Jones said.
The Games medals will be unveiled at a Charity Gala on 4 November.