Queen’s baton en route to Karratha

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Marathon runner Natasha Shires is one of about 20 Pilbara residents who will carry the Queen's Baton through Karratha on February 27.
Camera IconMarathon runner Natasha Shires is one of about 20 Pilbara residents who will carry the Queen's Baton through Karratha on February 27. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

Excitement is building for the Commonwealth Games Queen’s baton to arrive in Karratha next week.

About 20 Pilbara heroes, nominated by their fellow residents, will carry the symbolic baton through town on Tuesday, February 27, as part of the Queens’s Baton Relay, the traditional lead-up to the Commonwealth Games which are this year being held on the Gold Coast on April 4-15.

Starting from 10.25am, runners will carry the baton along set routes in Baynton, Nickol and Bulgarra, before finishing on the Karratha Quarter lawn for an hour-long community celebration event at noon.

The Karratha leg of the relay will be the baton’s last WA stop after the South West and Perth, and will next travel to Alice Springs.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation chairman Peter Beattie said the Queen’s Baton Relay was an opportunity to bring the country together.

“As it travels through the country the baton will bring people together from across our nation’s vast and varied landscapes, from red deserts to rainforests and mountains to islands, from our city precincts to beyond the black stumps,” he said.

“It’s a journey that is sure to increase our sense of connection and understanding of each other.”

“Baton bearers nominated by the public will champion the power of community.”

For a full schedule of the Karratha relay leg, visit: gc2018.com/qbr# and select Karratha on the map.

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