GC2018: Johnathan Thurston to carry the Queen’s Baton in Townsville!

North Queensland Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston has been named as a Batonbearer for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Rugby League royal will join 104 other legends in Townsville in two weeks time, as the Queen’s Baton makes its way through the city.

The four-time Dally M Medallist says he is excited to be the final Batonbearer on Day 83 of the Relay on Sunday, March 18.


“Townsville is my home and to have it play an integral part in the lead-up to these Commonwealth Games is truly special,” Thurston said.

“Queensland does big events well and I’m certain these Commonwealth Games will be no different. I’m looking forward to Townsville being on show to the world during the men’s and women’s basketball competitions.”

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said she expects a big turn out when the Queen’s Baton makes its way through the city.

“Having Johnathan Thurston as a Batonbearer will be a very special moment for the North Queensland community and I’m sure will help inspire out next generation of athletes,” she said.

After travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days, passed between thousands of people, and traversing some 230,000km, the Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on April 4.

Prince Charles will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.

For full-street level details of the Queen’s Baton Relay visit gc2018.com/qbr