The Queen’s Baton Relay is counting down the days until the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with the baton making its way through Yarrawonga on Thursday, February 15.
The baton will arrive in Yarrawonga around midday from Wodonga before travelling through to Echuca in the early afternoon.
There will be 19 baton bearers joining the relay in Yarrawonga with 10 being from the local district.
At the completion of the relay through the centre of town a community celebration will be held at the Yarrawonga foreshore for the official welcome and festivities of the relay.
Activities will include Bluearth being available for the kids to utilise and enjoy as well as various stalls and musical acts to keep everyone entertained both before and after the Queen’s Baton ceremony.
The special guest speaker for the ceremony will be local Commonwealth Games representative James Willett who is also the Commonwealth Games Shooting Ambassador and was a representative in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica said the event is an exciting and honourable one for Yarrawonga and he urged members of the community to come along and witness the spectacle.
“The scale of the Gold Coast Queen’s Baton Relay allows communities who have never before witnessed the spectacle of the celebration to participate in a festival of international proportions,” Cr Mustica said.
“It is wonderful the relay is visiting Yarrawonga as it signals that the lead-up to the Games has begun.
“I am immensely proud of the shire’s baton bearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s Baton comes to Yarrawonga.
“I encourage you to support these great people in our community and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton yourselves.”
The Queens Baton started its journey on Commonwealth Day, Monday, March 13 2017 at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty placed her message inside the Baton before it began travelling the world ahead of its arrival on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on April 4, 2018.
The 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000km.
Just throughout Australia alone, the Queen’s Baton will traverse 40,000km, travelling through every state and territory for 100 days.
It will be carried by approximately 3,800 baton bearers across the whole of Australia.
The distinctive design of the Queen’s Baton captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast with its personification of the Gold Coast’s connection to the ocean and the land.
In form and inspiration, the Queen’s Baton is a symbol of our past, present and future.
Upon arrival on the Gold Coast the Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.
The relay will begin at The Yarrawonga P-12 campus oval at 12.17pm before making its way through Belmore, Pinniger, Piper, Ely, Orr, Woods and Banks streets and finishing at the Yarrawonga foreshore at 1.08pm.
Make sure you get a good spot along one of closed streets to witness the spectacle of the Queens Baton travelling through Yarrawonga and cheer on fellow community members as they carry the baton through the town.