as declared in Commonwealth Games: The Queen launches Gold Coast 2018 baton relay in LondonUpdatedAustralian stars Anna Meares and Kurt Fearnley have helped Queen Elizabeth II launch the baton relay for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in an upbeat ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Also attending were Gold Coast Games chairman Peter Beattie and Trade and Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo who earlier told reporters the Games were a great chance to showcase the Gold Coast and Australia to the world.
The Queen placed her personal message to athletes in the baton before passing it to Meares, the first baton carrier.
“I love the idea that there’s one baton, one baton that goes from hand to hand across our Commonwealth that starts here with the unique message from Her Majesty and will end at the Gold Coast for our Games.”
“That was hands-down the most humbling, the most unique experience of my life,” the Paralympic gold medallist said on arrival.
Australian delegation arrive in London for start of Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay
referring to They are joined by City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and Peter Beattie, the chairman of Gold Coast 2018.
Gold Coast 2018 are also due to provide an update on preparations to the CGF Executive Board during its two-day meeting starting here tomorrow.
The delegation also includes Queensland’s Shadow Commonwealth Games Minister John-Paul Langbroek and Rob Borbidge, like Beattie, a former Premier.
“Council’s international investment team will ensure the business-to-business exchange and networking is first class throughout our UK visit.”
The party is led by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones.
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