Special start in Fraser Island for GC2018 Queen's Baton Relay
The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) has started day 90 on Fraser Island (K’gari), the largest sand island in the world. Joined by community members and tourists, local batonbearers David Anderson and Nai Nai Bird carried the Queen’s Baton down the World Heritage Listed stretch of sand at Eurong Beach.
The Queen’s Baton was welcomed to K’gari by traditional Butchulla dance and song, connecting the way of life on the island to the Queen’s Baton visit, and making it a particularly poignant moment for Traditional Owner Nai Nai.
“K’gari is a woman’s spirit, so to have a woman carry the Baton that’s from The Queen, I’m extremely privileged.
“The community nominated me to be a part of the Queen’s Baton Relay and to have them here watching this, they are just thrilled. I started preparing to be a Batonbearer in October last year and I just can’t believe it that it’s actually here. The Games are about to begin and that’s unreal.”
From Fraser Island the Queen’s Baton travelled to Hervey Bay, where a further 40 batonbearers took to the streets, and in the case of Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer (Melbourne 2006) Jarrod Fletcher, on to Urangan Pier.
“[The Commonwealth Games] are a really exciting part of your life and I look back on it now with really fond memories. As time goes on now, winning a gold at the Commonwealth Games, it’s really starting to sink in of how big it actually was.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing so I can’t wait for the [GC2018] athletes to get out there and do their best.”
The QBR 'popped' in to Maryborough, the birthplace of Mary Poppins author, P.L.Travers, where 20 local batonbearers carried the symbol of the Commonwealth Games into Queen’s Park for a community celebration..
Tomorrow, the Queen’s Baton continues its remarkable journey in Gympie and Noosa