Logan’s batonbearers prepare to carry the 2018 Commonwealth Games dream
Published: 19 October 2017
More than a dozen residents of the City of Logan will carry the Queen’s Baton as part of the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation has announced the local legends – including Maddy Birt, Peter Donovan, Calyn Hoad, David Kenny, Kathryn Lyons and Pamela Tatt – who will carry the Queen’s Baton through Logan on 1 April 2018.
The Baton will make its way through Daisy Hill and Beenleigh, which have been chosen as celebration communities for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay (QBR).
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the QBR recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life.
“Our local batonbearers are dedicated to helping improve the lives of others, and being part of the Queen’s Baton Relay recognises their efforts,” Mayor Smith said.
“We are extremely proud of our batonbearers, who will be a part of history as the Queen’s Baton Relay makes its way around Australia to the Games’ opening ceremony on 4 April.”
Batonbearers, who have been nominated by their peers for their contributions to the community, represent the spirit of the Commonwealth. Some of Logan’s feature batonbearers are:
- Maddy Birt, at just 12 years old, has created a social media campaign that raised awareness about assaults on emergency service workers. Her #HugTheHelpers campaign reached over 400,000 people and attracted local and state politicians’ attention, as well as TV, print and online media coverage.
- Peter Donovan is a highly successful cricket player who was captain of both the Queensland and Australian Blind Cricket Teams. He has also served as president of the Queensland and Australian Blind Cricket Council and as vice-president of the World Blind Cricket Council.
- Calyn Hoad was seven years old when he threw himself in front of a four-wheel-drive to save his little brother in August 2013. Calyn has come a long way since he was hit by the vehicle and suffered massive brain damage, stepping up on stage at Government House in Canberra last year to receive the Australian Bravery Association’s Brave Youth of the Year Award.
- Kathryn Lyons, a finalist for the 2016 Young Peoples Human Rights Medal, advocates inclusion and works to empower people regardless of their ability. After recognising that current facilities do not support more than five million Australians, she started a charity and worked with QUT, all three levels of government, and private corporations to design innovative and inclusive toilets.
- Pamela Tatt is the founder of Knit4Charities Inc., an online association of more than 1,000 people who knit, crochet and sew to support and provide goods to Australian charities. Almost 100,000 items have been donated through the group, and a further 133,000 items through private donations.
City Lifestyle and Customer Services Committee Chairperson, Councillor Steve Swenson, encouraged the community to support Logan’s batonbearers and share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton.
“The Queen’s Baton Relay will be an exciting time for Logan’s batonbearers and the local community,” Cr Swenson said.
“People can find out more about opportunities to see the Baton in Logan when street-level celebration details are announced on 17 November.”
After leaving Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017, the Queen’s Baton has travelled across several continents, inspiring athletes and supporters alike. It is currently travelling through Malaysia and will visit Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Brisbane on Christmas Eve.
The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where the Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.
For the full list of batonbearers and celebration communities, go to gc2018.com/qbr.