The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Warwick on Thursday 29 March 2018, as the Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, on 4 April 2018.

Across Australia, approximately 3,800 batonbearers will pave the way to the Gold Coast, carrying the Queen’s Baton, containing a message from Her Majesty The Queen, through the entire Commonwealth. The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud.

The route through Warwick was specifically designed to incorporate as many schools as possible and to involve the maximum amount of school children.

A test run of the route was conducted on Saturday 2 December to ensure everything was in place for next year’s event.

The trial run featured a Commonwealth Games branded vehicle convoy with a full police presence.

The convoy began at Warwick East State Primary School, and included stops at Warwick State High School, Warwick Central State Primary School, and St Mary’s Primary School.

Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie, says that involving school children in the celebration of the Commonwealth Games supports the key themes of the Commonwealth Games 2018.

“The Games celebrate sport, community, diversity and peace,” said Cr Dobie.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition that inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.

“Children will remember this event well into their adulthood, and will also take with them the joy and excitement of this world-class sporting event.

“Perhaps there are children in our community who will be inspired to go on to represent Australia at Commonwealth Games in the future.”

The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay will be the longest and the most accessible ever, not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits.

The Southern Downs has a rich history of celebrating the achievements of sports people in the region, and the Queen’s Baton Relay is another event where the value of sport to the community can be marked.

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