Hobart embraces the Queen’s Baton

TASMANIAN’S were lining the streets of Hobart on Friday 9 February to cheer on the lucky locals selected to bear the Queen’s Baton.

After spending the morning in Glenorchy and Clarence, the Queen’s Baton Relay travelled through Hobart on its way to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Local hero Campbell Remess, of Project 365 by Campbell, was the final baton bearer for the Hobart leg.

The 13-year-old was chosen for his charity work making teddy bears for sick children at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

The baton’s Tasmanian journey ended with a shared community celebration at Princes Wharf One.

Hundreds attended the event, which included family-friendly activities, an appearance from Borobi, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games mascot, and performances by home-grown talent Asta and Madelena.

The City of Hobart worked with Clarence and Glenorchy Councils, Tasmania Police and SES to ensure the Baton Relay and the shared celebration were safe and enjoyable events.

The Queen’s Baton left Hobart to start its Victorian leg on 10 February.

The Relay started on Commonwealth Day – Monday 13 March 2017 – at Buckingham Palace, when Her Majesty placed her message inside the baton.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, will remove Her Majesty’s message and read it aloud to declare the Games officially open.

You can follow the progress of the baton at gc2018.com/qbr.

Caption: Campbell Remess, of Project 365 by Campbell, was the final batonbearer of the Hobart leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay. Photo credit: Amy Brown Photography.