The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth 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. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.
The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay will be remembered as the longest and the most accessible ever, not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits.
The Relay started on 13 March 2017 at Buckingham Palace, and the Baton will have travelled an epic 388-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Coffs Coast on 1 February 2018, and more than 15 batonbearers have been honoured to carry the Queen’s Baton in Coffs Harbour, bringing the excitement of the Games to our community.
Everyone is encouraged to line the streets and support the following local batonbearers: Paul Bartholomew, Steel Beveridge, Liam Carruthers, Michael Crossland, Mark Donaldson VC, Peter Kimber, Michael Maley, Michael McGavigan, Harry Menzies, Tex O’Grady, Tom Strickland, Richard Taffs, Peter Webster, Glyn Williams, Jim Woodlock.
The Queen’s Baton Relay in Coffs Harbour will commence with a spectacular arrival of the Baton at the Jetty Foreshores, including kids entertainment and fun.
The Relay will proceed from the Coffs Harbour Jetty, along Harbour Drive and conclude at City Square at the CBD, where there will also be a community celebration from 5:30pm, where the public can come together and share the spirit of the Relay and the Games.
The Queen’s Baton will reach its final destination on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where Her Majesty, or a representative, will remove the message from the Baton and read it aloud to officially open the Games.
Times at a Glance
- Baton Arrival, from 4pm, Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores. Spectacular baton arrival and kids entertainment.
- Convoy, 4:50pm – 5:30pm, Harbour Drive. Queens Baton Relay in convoy from the Jetty to the CBD.
- End of Day Celebration, 5:30 – 6pm, City Square in CBD. End of Stage celebration in CBD with kids’ entertainment and refreshments.
Michael McGavigan – Sawtell
Michael is dedicated to the surf lifesaving movement and the community. He is an outstanding athlete and inspired many when he was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and continued to train during chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
He is a Life Member of Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club, having served the club for 30 years. During this time he has been Club Captain, care taker, competed in the Australian championships, he trains up and coming lifesavers and transports junior competitors to surf lifesaving meets. He was instrumental in establishing the Coffs Harbour Triathlon. He currently trains young men from The Armidale School to achieve their bronze medallion in surf lifesaving.
Tom Strickland – Coffs Harbour
Tom is an outstanding person in the community of Coffs Harbour. Some of his achievements include: Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, OAM for his services to the community, and Citizen of the Year for Coffs Harbour. Tom helped the local Aboriginal people start a housing co-operative in the ‘60s, and he was the instigator of starting Camp Quality in Northern NSW and ran the programme for 23 years. Tom has served on many committees, including Save the Children, Coffs Harbour Musical Comedy Company, Coffs Harbour Amateur Theatre, along with many others. Tom is extremely interested in sport – athletics his main interest.
We encourage the whole community to show their support for the Queen’s Baton Relay passing through Coffs Harbour. Come and join the community celebration, and cheer on our batonbearers. To help get in the spirit, a special colour-by-numbers activity sheet is available for download so children can print, colour and make their own flag to fly at this memorable occasion: www.coffscoast.com.au/qbr2018
Please ensure you find your spectator point prior to road closures at approximately 4pm.
With the Queen’s Baton Relay using Harbour Drive from the Jetty Foreshores through to the CBD, rolling road closures will be in place to allow safe passage of the convoy. Expect traffic delays between 4pm and 6pm.
If you wish to see the arrival of the Baton at the Jetty Foreshores as well as enjoy the end of day celebration in the CBD, you will need to use alternate routes from the Jetty to the CBD.
For alternate routes, visit our website www.coffscoast.com.au/qbr2018 for more information and a map of closures or call 6648 4950