Lord Mayor congratulates Brisbane’s baton bearers

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has congratulated baton bearers who will represent Brisbane in the Queen’s Baton Relay, as part of the 100-day countdown to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Cr Quirk said Rod Chiapello, Helen Searle and Yasmin Sanders were nominated by Council for their dedication and contribution to the local sporting community and would travel through Brisbane on 30 and 31 March 2018 ahead of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

“I congratulate our local sporting heroes who will get to experience a piece of sporting history when they participate in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay on March 30 and 31,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a fantastic opportunity for families, sports fans and residents to embrace our unique Team Brisbane spirit and line the streets in support of Rod, Helen and Yasmin as they represent our New World City.”

Cr Quirk said more than 670,000 people were expected to attend the Games, with more than 45,000 coming to Brisbane for the cycling events alone.

“We’re also excited to welcome competitors, spectators and visitors from all over the world to our world class shooting complex in Belmont, which was also the venue for shooting events during the 1982 Commonwealth Games.”

Brisbane will also celebrate the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a special festival that will be spread across the inner city.

“Brisbane is a vibrant lifestyle city and will celebrate The Games with 12 days of free events across the city,” Cr Quirk said.

“Festival 2018 will take over South Bank, King George Square, the Botanic Gardens, laneways and more with world-class music, theatre, awe-inspiring talks and public art from 4 to 15 April.

“A liveable city is all about our exciting events and I encourage residents to celebrate the Commonwealth Games in true Brisbane style.

“More information on the Festival 2018 program will be revealed in coming months.”

Festival 2018 is produced by Brisbane City Council, presented by Star Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government.