Ian Thorpe Carries The Queen's Baton To New Heights
In the hands of one of Australia’s greatest sports stars, the GC2018 Queen’s Baton was tonight atop of one of Australia’s greatest landmarks.
With a sunset backdrop, Ian Thorpe OAM carried the iconic symbol of the Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton, to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, taking in the breathtaking views of the harbour and the city’s skyline.
Having won five Olympic gold medals and 10 Commonwealth gold medals, Thorpe is Australia’s most successful Olympian and said the BridgeClimb has been on his bucket list for a long time and to carry the Queen’s Baton whilst doing it was an amazing experience.
“It’s very special moment for me to be carrying the Queen’s Baton this evening and showcasing Sydney, my hometown, and Australia to the rest of the world.
“The Commonwealth Games were an important part of my career and the Queen’s Baton should inspire all athletes hoping to compete at GC2018. It’s also a reminder the Games are just around the corner!”
Tomorrow the Queen’s Baton will continue its tour of summertime sporting events, and will visit the Sydney Cricket Ground for the final Ashes Test Match.
It will be back in New South Wales in traditional Relay mode from 28 January where it will visit 28 celebration communities and be carried by more than 470 batonbearers, local legends.
On 3 February in Sydney, the Queen’s Baton will be in the hands of other sporting champions including Glenn McGrath and Liesel Jones. Crowds are encouraged to line the streets and play their part in the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay.