Editorial

Anna Meares carries the baton at the launch of The Queen's Baton Relay in London.
Anna Meares carries the baton at the launch of The Queen's Baton Relay in London.

Congratulations to the 42 names of the people chosen for the Mount Isa leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The list represents a good cross-section of people who have done more than most to represent the city in sport or giving their time to community organisations.

As Mayor Joyce McCulloch said “Many have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others, some have accomplished great feats and others are working towards realising their dreams.”

The Relay is also coming to other centres in the North West: Cloncurry, Hughenden, Prairie, Birdsville and Winton.

Unfortunately a lack of space has prevented us from naming all the relayers from those towns in this edition.

You can see the list online and we will print all the names in Saturday’s edition.

The Relay started on Commonwealth Day, Monday March 13, 2017, at Buckingham Palace when the Queen place her message inside the baton. Since then it has been passed between thousands of people across the world. It is the longest and most accessible relay in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres. 

The Baton engages with all Commonwealth nations and territories of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania for 288 days.

The Baton arrives into Brisbane on Christmas Eve and around 3800 batonbearers will carry it across Australia.

The baton arrives in Cloncurry on Tuesday March 6 and will travel down the Barkly Highway to Mount Isa that day. 

The baton will stay in Mount Isa that night before flying down to Birdsville on Wednesday March 7. Then the baton heads east as far as Roma before heading north along the Landsborough Highway arriving in Winton on Sunday, March 11. 

The baton heads to Hughenden that night and lands in Prairie on March 12 before heading towards Cairns before the long march down the coast.

The Baton will conclude its 388-day journey across the Commonwealth at the GC2018 Opening Ceremony on April 4 where the Games will be declared open when the Queen’s message is read aloud – Derek Barry