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Queen's Baton Relay


Mark your calendars Griffith, the Queen’s Baton will arrive on Sunday 28 January 2018 and everyone is invited to participate!

More than 20 batonbearers have been honoured to carry the Queen’s Baton in Griffith, bringing the excitement of the Commonwealth Games to our community.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to line the streets and support our local batonbearers, and to attend the community celebration from 5pm – 7pm at the Burley Griffin Community Gardens.

Griffith Mayor, Councillor John Dal Broi said he is thrilled Griffith will be hosting the QC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay.

“Hosting this event is not only an exciting opportunity, it’s a way to highlight and promote Griffith to people in Australia and internationally,” said Councillor Dal Broi.

“It is also the perfect way to pay tribute to the people who make our community great – batonbearers have been nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to this great community, and selected by the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay Selection Committee. Preparations for the arrival of the Queen’s Baton are in the final stages and we are looking forward to an incredible event.”

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Griffith on Sunday 28 January with the relay departing the Griffith Exie’s Sports Oval in Spiers Street at 4pm. Locals and visitors are welcome to come along and witness this historic event, and follow the Baton as it travels the 2km course to the Community Gardens via Wakaden Street, Blumer Avenue, Banna Avenue and finally into Kookora Street.

“The final batonbearer, stalwart Dr John Binks will conclude the relay at the Community Gardens, to a waiting crowd of supporters – come along to not only the beginning and end of the relay, but I would you encourage you to line the streets and cheer on the locals as they take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay,” said Councillor Dal Broi.

All members of the community, batonbearers, their families and friends are invited to attend the celebrations following the relay and will feature comedian and entertainer Games Boy 18, who is sure to test even the most diehard trivia fan and keep the children entertained with his interactive skit.

“The ‘after party’ also includes music from each of the Commonwealth countries, and there will be plenty of food and drinks on offer with food trucks, a BBQ with thanks to Griffith Rotary Avanti, the Bella Vita Bar, and plenty of ice-cream to keep you cool,” said Councillor Dal Broi.

“Come along and cheer on the local batonbearers before relaxing in the Community Gardens with plenty of entertainment from 4.30pm – 7pm. Those wishing to be at the start line should be at the Exies Sports Oval at 4pm and you are welcome to line the route.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days, spanning 230,000 kilometers before arriving at the Gold Coast on April 4, 2018.

Batonbearers – Griffith representatives (in no particular order)

  • Jenny Beer
  • John Binks
  • Domenic Calabria
  • Laura Crockart
  • Veronica Cudmore
  • Kellie Dissegna
  • Elizabeth Graham
  • Carmel La Rocca
  • Jodie Landy
  • Claire Murray
  • Anne Napoli
  • Patrick Napoli
  • Alex Niven
  • Gavin Raccanello
  • Dale Paul
  • Francesco Scarfone
  • Grant Semmler
  • Leon Thorpe
  • Heather White

Further information 

Queen's Baton Relay
Gold Coast 2018