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QAS Queen's Baton Relay Bearers

26 October 2017

1,800 Queenslanders are among the 3,800 Australians who have recently been announced as Queens Baton bearers for the Commonwealth Games next year. With the Baton scheduled for a 33-day tour around 83 Queensland communities in March and April, these outstanding individuals have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Among the bearers are numerous current and retired QAS athletes, who are all elated to be given this honour as a reward for their outstanding achievements. Of these athletes are Commonwealth Games gold medallists and legends of their sports Susie O’Neil (Swimming), Emma Snowsill (Triathlon), Jamie Dwyer (Hockey) and Kieran Perkins (Swimming).

Current athletes and GC2018 gold medal hopefuls are also among the list of athletes who have been given this honour. Carrying the Baton will allow them to experience the hype and gain a little bit of extra inspiration and motivation before their final preparations for competition. These athletes include: Bronte and Cate Campbell (Swimming), Lakeisha Patterson (Swimming), Sally Pearson (Athletics), Mark Knowles (Hockey), Matt Denny (Athletics) and Damon Kelly (Weightlifting) and Danielle Prince (Gymnastics) among others.

There are also a handful of Olympic athletes that have been selected to carry the Baton whose sports do not feature on the Commonwealth Games program. This gives these athletes a unique opportunity to be involved with a ‘home Games.’ These athletes include: Ken Wallace (Kayaking), Mat Belcher (Sailing), Ashleigh Southern (Water Polo) and Susan Seipel (Kayaking).

In addition to the names mentioned, there are countless other Queensland sporting stars who will have the honour of carrying the Queens Baton. Their contributions to sport and their local communities are an inspiration and represents the spirit of the Commonwealth Games. We couldn’t be prouder of their achievements and look forward to a great ‘home Games.’

Only 160 days to go!


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26 October 2017