Since leaving Buckingham Palace a month ago the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton has been taken from place to place by jogging and even juggling presidents, children, fishermen, farmers and athletes alike.
Now, after traversing the African continent from Sierra Leone to Tanzania, the Baton is set for a sea change with a visit to the island nations of Seychelles and Mauritius, before it continues its journey to the southern African Commonwealth nations.
The relay will continue along turquoise coastlines to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, schools, universities, sports centres and hospitals, where many thousands of people will get the chance to share the dream of GC2018.
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The GC2018 Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will share the excitement of the Games with millions of people around the world.
The Baton will visit all Commonwealth nations and territories of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania for 288 days before it arrives in Australia for a further 100 days, finishing on the Gold Coast.
The Baton will spend between two and four days in each nation and territory of the Commonwealth.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.
Since the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton has carried a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II calling the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.
As it is passed between people, the Baton embraces the modern and multicultural Commonwealth of today, engaging with young and old, increasing our sense of connection, our understanding of each other and inspiring learning.
Each host city is responsible for delivering a new design for the Queen’s Baton. The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton was revealed on 20 November 2016 and captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast.
Sustainability is a priority for the GC2018 Relay and care has been taken to ensure the Relay leaves positive economic, environmental and social legacies.
The Queen’s Baton Relay takes a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the Commonwealth to the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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