Flying Start To Games Year for QBR in Perth
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton has brought in the New Year delighting thousands of people in Perth with a preview of the relay that will return to Western Australia in February.
Legendary jockey William Pike started 2018 off for the Queen’s Baton by parading it into the mounting yard on Perfect Reflection before the first race of the Perth Cup at Ascot, the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay Trophy.
“It was an honour and a privilege and something that I’ll never forget. Holding the Queen’s Baton certainly does inspire you,” Pike said.
But it was rising tennis stars Maddison Inglis (Western Australia) and Blake Ellis (Queensland) who were the first to show sports fans the Queen’s Baton at the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena before Australia’s win against Canada on 31 December.
At New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city, Western Australia’s most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete Allana Slater took the stage, inspiring hundreds of children as she shared her personal experiences as an athlete.
“The Commonwealth Games have been an incredible highlight of my career as a gymnast. I was 14 years old when I went to my first Games in Kuala Lumpur and it was an amazing experience to be surrounded by world-class athletes from so many different sports.
“Having the Queen’s Baton here again in February is the best way to bring the spirit of the Gold Coast 2018 Games to the people of Western Australia. It’s going to be wonderful to carry the Queen’s Baton in Scarborough, and I hope as many people as possible come out and support all the batonbearers.”
Slater is one of more than 310 Western Australians who will carry the Queen’s Baton in the state from 22 February to 27 February.
Crowds are encouraged to line the streets for the Relay and attend the community celebration events.
The next stop for the Queen’s Baton is Canberra’s Centenary Hospital for Women and Children on 3 January, followed by a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb on 4 January.