Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie and chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation holds the Queen's Baton.
Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie and chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation holds the Queen's Baton. Contributed

Nominate our Commonwealth Games baton bearers

NOMINATIONS are now open to select the local legends who will carry the Queen's Baton when it arrives in Kingaroy next year.

The baton will arrive in the South Burnett on March 27, 2018 as it heads towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Until May 15, you can nominate a community member you would like to see carry the baton.

The Commonwealth Games is looking for nominees who have achieved something extraordinary, inspired others or made a significant contribution within their community.

Nominees must be at least 10 years old at December 25, 2017 and an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the relay period - December 25, 2017 to April 4, 2018.

The Queen's Baton carries a message from the Queen through the entire Commonwealth.

The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud.

The destinations of the Queen's Baton were revealed on Sunday.

Mayor Keith Campbell said the Commonwealth Games would connect the South Burnett with communities across Australia and the Commonwealth.

"I for one can't wait for the start of the QBR on Commonwealth Day, Monday, 13 March, and to follow its journey around the world on its way to Kingaroy and the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Cr Campbell said.

The baton will reach its final destination, Carrara Stadium, on April 4 for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

You can nominate someone to carry the baton online at gc2018.com/qbr.

The Baton's journey

The Baton will start its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day - Monday, March 13.

Setting off in Australia on December 25, the Baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory.

About 3800 baton bearers are needed to carry it across Australia.

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