Queen's Baton Rocks into Rocky
Heading east on the Capricorn Highway, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) has rocked into Rockhampton to mark Day 88 on its country wide journey.
Beginning the day in Blackwater, the QBR convoy made a number of community stops along the way, in Bluff, Dingo and Duaringa before pulling into the Beef Capital of Australia where it was met with huge crowds.
Just 12 days out from pulling on the green and gold to play for the Kookaburras at GC2018, Batonbearer Mark Knowles spoke of his excitement.
“For me this is a bit of a thank you present from the region that has followed and supported me, and early on inspired me to be where I am now, so 20 or so days left of my international career, I know the region has loved my journey but this is my way of saying thank you!”
At the velodrome named in his honour, Kenrick Tucker carried the Queen’s Baton on board his bike with pride, today’s lap a special one.
“The track that I am cycling around with the Queen’s Baton was named after me after I won the 1982 Commonwealth Games. It’s a very proud moment for me to be here and part of the Relay in Rocky.”
Taking a day out from GC2018 Ambassador duties, cycling legend Anna Meares was on the sidelines to watch Kenrick hand the Queen’s Baton to her sister Kerrie.
The mighty Fitzroy played its part with the Queen’s Baton transported across the river by dragon boat, before the community gathered at the riverside Alf Kele Memorial Park to celebrate the QBR’s journey.
Tonight, it will hit the coastline, where the Yeppoon community will hold a celebration to mark the Queen’s Baton arrival where 2017 Livingstone Shire Council Citizen of the Year Peter Conaghan will have the honour of being the Batonbearer.
Tomorrow, the Queen’s Baton will continue down the coast to Gladstone, Miriam Vale, 1770, Agnes Water and Bundaberg.