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Mount Isa Chosen to Host Queen's Baton Relay

Mount Isa community members and sporting enthusiasts are encouraged to get their running shoes on, as Mount Isa has been chosen to host the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Everyone will have the opportunity to nominate to carry the baton, on a special route throughout the CBD and surrounding neighbourhoods. 

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Mount Isa on March 6 2018 as the Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on April 4 2018. 

Across Australia approximately 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR. 

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said a community nomination program, which opens today, will offer the people of Mount Isa and the surrounding region with an opportunity to carry the Baton. 

“This is an incredible opportunity for Mount Isa and our residents, and I am very excited to see the plans progress throughout the next 12 months before the momentous occasion,” Cr McCulloch said. 

“We have some very worthy potential batonbearers in our community who will have the honour of representing this community, and showcase our city and region to the rest of the world. 

“I encourage you to nominate a local legend you think deserves to be a Batonbearer, whether they’re an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished.” 

Setting off in Australia on 25 December 2017, 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 Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth. The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud. 

In just eight days the Baton will start its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March. It will travel through every Commonwealth nation and territory on its way to Australia. 

From today until 15 May 2017, anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great. Nominations can be made at https://www.gc2018.com/qbr