The Queen's Baton Gets A Taste of Tasmania
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton has had a taste of Tasmania, making its second public appearance on its journey around Australia.
Celebrating its 29th year, the Taste of Tasmania Festival on Hobart’s spectacular waterfront opened today and will see more than 260,000 people come through the gates over the next seven days.
Australian Kookaburras player, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Hobart local Eddie Ockenden carried the Queen’s Baton, giving festival goers a unique opportunity to interact with the iconic symbol of the Commonwealth Games.
“It’s absolutely amazing to have the Queen’s Baton here. It represents for me Australian culture and our love of sport.
“I love entertaining people through sport. For me the Queen’s Baton represents the love I have for hockey and it’s so great to have it here in Hobart.”
Ockenden will be one of more than 120 batonbearers when the Queen’s Baton returns to Tasmania in February in traditional Relay mode. Starting in Launceston on 7 February, over three days the Queen’s Baton will visit Devonport, Burnie, Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart and make a special visit to Cradle Mountain.
Crowds are encouraged to line the streets for the Relay and attend the five free community celebration events where the Queen’s Baton will be live.
“The Commonwealth Games are coming around pretty quick, they start in 97 days, but we’ll be here first in Hobart in February for the Queen’s Baton Relay so keep an eye out and come out and cheer it on.”
During the school holidays, the Queen’s Baton is engaging with thousands of Australians at popular summertime events, iconic locations and children’s hospitals around the country.
The Queen’s Baton now heads west to Perth to attend another iconic summertime event, the Hopman Cup.