Be a baton holder for 2018 Games

April 20, 2017

The Queen’s Baton Relay will return to Echuca on Thursday, February 15.

DO YOU know someone worthy of being a Queen’s Baton Relay baton bearer?

The Queen’s Baton Relay will return to Echuca on Thursday, February 15 as part of the journey towards its final destination, the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

A community nomination program is now open, offering people of Echuca and the surrounding region an opportunity to carry the baton.

Which, Campaspe Shire says, is not only a once in a lifetime opportunity but also a chance to share the dream and carry with pride the spirit of the Games.

Across Australia about 3800 baton bearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly games’ as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

A baton bearer is someone who has achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary; has made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community; has excelled, or aspires to excel athletically or personally; or who contributes to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community.

The minimum age of a baton bearer is 10-years-old as at December 25, 2017 (the start date of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Australia).

Nominees must be an Australian Citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

Setting off in Australia on December 25, the baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory.

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Queen Elizabeth through the entire Commonwealth. The games are officially open when the message is read aloud.

Baton bearer nominations close on May 15, 2017. More information and nomination forms, visit

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