Brisbane Grammar School Year 10 student Will Chapman will participate in the Queen’s Baton Relay on Saturday 31 March for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Will Chapman will run the baton between New Farm and Fortitude Valley from 4.30pm, before passing it to swimming legend Grant Hackett.

Will was nominated for the honour by his fellow BGS classmates, recognised for his achievements across a wide variety of fields.

He is a regular winner of academic prizes and a top debater.

Outside the classroom he is a top level sportsman, competing in cricket, tennis, rugby, cross country, and track and field.

Will also volunteers his time as a committed member of the BGS Community Service Committee.

Assistant Head of Year Ms Sarah McDonald described Will as a worthy selection to carry the baton, which symbolises peaceful and friendly competition.

“Every day that he puts on his uniform, he strives to be an example to other students with his dedication to academia and heavy involvement in cultural and sporting activities,” she said.

Students look to him for leadership and they are never disappointed.”

Just a few days after Will passes the baton to Hackett, it will complete its final journey from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

Carrying a message from the Queen, the baton will have travelled 230,000 kilometres around the world for more than a year through 69 nations and territories.

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