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Queen's Baton Relay FAQ's

General

What is the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR?)

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a 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 the longest in history and the most accessible ever, not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits.

When does the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay start?

The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) began at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017. At a commencement ceremony Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed Her message to the Commonwealth and its athletes into the Baton and entrusted it to the first Batonbearer.

How long is the GC2018 QBR?

The GC2018 QBR is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.

What is the significance of the Queen’s Baton Relay?

As it is passed between people, the Baton embraces the modern and multicultural Commonwealth of today, engaging with young and old, increasing our sense of connection and our understanding of each other.

Besides safely containing Her Majesty’s message, the QBR shares the excitement of the Games with millions of people around the world, shining a light on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and the Games to come.

Where does the Queen’s Baton go?

The GC2018 Queen’s Baton is visiting all nations and territories of the Commonwealth on its way to the Opening Ceremony of GC2018 on 4 April 2018. In Australia the Baton will spend time in communities across every state and territory.

When does the QBR start its Australian journey?

The QBR starts its journey in Australia on 25 December 2017. The Baton will be celebrated in communities across the country for 100 days.

When will details of the QBR in Australia be announced?

The Australian Celebration Communities that the Baton will travel to were revealed in a nation-wide announcement on 5 March 2017.

Details of the Relay’s street-level activities and other public celebrations will be announced on 17 November 2017.

Who can carry the Baton?

A Community Batonbearer Nomination Program gives thousands of everyday Australians the chance to share the dream and carry the Queen’s Baton with pride. Batonbearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great. Being a Batonbearer is a unique experience and opportunity to be involved in GC2018.

How many batonbearers are there?

Many thousands of batonbearers will carry the Queen’s Baton around the Commonwealth. In Australia alone there will be approximately 3,800 batonbearers who will share its remarkable journey.

Is the Relay accessible to everyone?

The Relay has been designed to be inclusive and open to people of all abilities, giving as many people as possible an opportunity to spend quality time with the Baton. Unlike a classic relay, running is not essential to the QBR and batonbearers may travel at their own pace.

Who designed the GC2018 Queen’s Baton?

A Brisbane-based firm, Designworks, designed, manufactured and engineered the GC2018 Queen’s Baton and its accessories so that it is accessible to people of all abilities. Their unique design embodies the boundless energy, spirit and vibrancy of the Gold Coast, Queensland and GC2018.

Is the Queen’s Baton Relay the same as the Olympic Torch Relay?

Unlike the Olympic Torch, of which there are many in one relay, there is only one Queen’s Baton that is passed between thousands of people around the world. To date the QBR has travelled further and to more nations than any Olympic Torch.

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Where does the Queen’s Baton Relay travel in Australia?

The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth. Further information about the international sector is available on the Queen’s Baton Relay page.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Australia on 24 December 2017 and travel for 100 days through local Australian communities across all states and territories. Explore where the Baton will travel in Australia on the Queen’s Baton Relay page.

What does being a Batonbearer mean?

Batonbearers are everyday people who inspire others to be great. Nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, a Batonbearer has the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton and representing their family, friends and community with pride. Being a Batonbearer is an experience that people treasure, and above all, batonbearers should expect to have fun, celebrate and create memories that will last a lifetime.

How many batonbearers will there be in Australia?

Approximately 3,800 batonbearers will be given the opportunity to carry the Queen’s Baton throughout Australia.

What is the eligibility to become a Batonbearer?

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

Do you have to be a certain age to carry the Baton?

Yes. There is a minimum age. A Batonbearer must be 10 years old by the start date of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Australia: 25 December 2017.

All Batonbearer nominees under 18 years old will require parent or guardian consent to participate.

What is the nomination and selection criteria to become a Batonbearer?

The selected Batonbearers are people of all abilities, joining us to share the dream for the GC2018 QBR.

All batonbearers meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • 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.
  • Who contributes to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community.
How far does a Batonbearer carry the Baton?

Each individual Batonbearer segment is approximately 200 metres

Do batonbearers have to run?

Batonbearers are encouraged to travel at their own pace and ability level. It is not necessary to run.

All selected batonbearers are given the opportunity to advise organisers in advance of any accessibility requirements or special needs to ensure they are able to participate in the Relay.

Are there any costs involved to be a Batonbearer?

Selected batonbearers are responsible for any accommodation, food and transportation costs to and from the location where they have been selected to carry the Baton. The Australian Celebration Community locations the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit in Australia can be viewed on the Queen’s Baton Relay page. Batonbearers will be provided with a Batonbearer uniform which is theirs to keep following their participation.

How many people have been selected as batonbearers?

Approximately 3,800 batonbearers have been selected to participate in the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay throughout Australia. Batonbearers come from a wide cross section of people selected from nominations received through programs including the Community Batonbearer Nomination Program, the Queensland Schools’ Batonbearer Nomination Program, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Batonbearer Nomination Program, GC2018 Sponsor Family Program, high profile personalities and the Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) Batonbearer Nomination Program.

How were nominations judged?

Nominations were judged individually on a merit based system, with judges scoring each nomination based on the nomination and selection criteria.

Judging panels were set up in each capital city in Australia where panels convened to judge all nominations received for the celebration communities within their state or territory.

Were security background checks undertaken during the selection process?

Yes. Nominees who passed the judging stage were subject to security background checks before their Batonbearer position was confirmed.

If I have been nominated, when will I find out if I have been successful?

Successful batonbearers are informed by email in confidence. The first round of batonbearers were contacted from 12 October and the official public announcement made by GOLDOC on 18 October 2017. Further Batonbearer names will be released in the coming months on the Queen’s Baton Relay page.

When will the names of selected batonbearers be announced?

GOLDOC announced successful batonbearers on 18 October 2017. Please click here to view list of successful batonbearers. Further Batonbearer names will be released in the coming months.

If my child/dependent is nominated how will I know that they will be looked after if they get selected as a Batonbearer?

Should a child or dependant be selected as a Batonbearer they will be accompanied at all times during their Relay participation by Queen’s Baton Relay personnel. Parent/guardian consent is required for all batonbearers under 18 years old.