Baton relay continues Sydney journey

Posted on 09/18/2019

The Commonwealth Games baton is being carried through Sydney this weekend.The two-day Sydney leg of the Queen’s Baton relay will make a stopover at the site of the 2000 Olympic Games on its journey to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
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The relay resumes on Sunday morning in Penrith before travelling to Jamieson Park in Sydney’s north, Sydney Olympic Park and ending in La Perouse in the city’s south.

Sydneysiders are being encouraged to get outside to cheer on all the baton bearers.

Two of the baton-bearers on Sunday at Olympic Park include young Sydneysider and hammer-throwing champ Alexandra Hulley and champion Paralympic wheelchair racer Louise Savage.

The baton will then head along Anzac Parade as it heads to its final Sydney destination of La Perouse.

Baton bearers during this leg include former long-distance swimmer Susie Maroney and marathon runner Heather Hawkins.

Marcia Ella-Duncan, the first indigenous woman to represent in netball, will carry the Queen’s baton into La Perouse park where Casey Donovan will be performing a free concert for families.

Each baton bearer runs with the baton for around 200 metres before passing it on to the next carrier.

On Saturday a slew of high-profile Aussie sporting stars, including swimming champions Leisel Jones and Ian Thorpe as well as cricketer Glenn McGrath, carried the baton through the heart of the city.

After leaving Buckingham Palace last May, the baton has spent 288 days travelling through the other 69 Commonwealth countries and territories as part of its 230,000km journey.

It arrived in from New Zealand on Christmas Eve and has been on show at iconic landmarks before the relay resumed in Canberra on January 25.

Prince Charles will remove the Queen’s message from the baton and read it at the opening ceremony on April 4, to mark the beginning of the Games.