After an extraordinary 388 days relaying around the Commonwealth, including 100 days and 40,000km in Australia, the Queen’s Baton has completed its epic journey in delivering Her Majesty’s message to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
In a fitting finale, the Queen’s Baton arrived this morning to Surfers Paradise beach by a flotilla of surf life saving boats in the hands of former Australian professional surf lifesaver, Trevor Hendy AM. Handing the Queen’s Baton over to his son TJ Hendy on the shoreline drew hundreds of local supporters.
“It’s pretty cool that dad and I get to open the last day with the Baton. To do it at our home beach and just be a part of it all, it’s very exciting.
“I’ve got the whole family down here and we get to put Gold Coast on the world map in a different way. It’s really exciting and I think the opportunity to bring all the business to the Gold Coast is awesome.”
One of the final batonbearers of the day, seven-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Curry AO MBE, paid tribute to all people behind the scenes of the great athletes and who have been recognised as batonbearers.
“The last day of the Baton Relay is a big day and it’s the first day of the Commonwealth Games starting with the Opening Ceremony tonight.
“All the people across Australia and across the world who have carried the Queen’s Baton to this moment, it’s really special. I think it’s been a really special Relay for a lot of people.
“There’s one thing I’d like to say as an athlete: give thanks to our mums and dads who used to get up so early every single morning to get us out of bed and to training; all the coaches and the officials, the supporters and everyone who has done something great in the community. What they’ve done is really special, and this is a really special Relay for them.”
Through the streets of Main Beach, a ride on the Gold Coast Link, an ocean kayak and a sailability boat on the Broadwater, the last of 3,800 batonbearers have played their part in the historic Relay.