Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Community gears up for Queen’s Baton celebration

David Lee February 7, 2018

EXCITEMENT is building for the arrival of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay into Shepparton, with Greater Shepparton City Council holding a special celebration event to welcome the Queen’s Baton to our city on Wednesday, February 14.

Held at Victoria Park Lake, the event will kick off at 1:30pm on the northern foreshore of the lake where the public can come together and share the spirit of the Relay and the Games. The celebrations will include welcoming messages, a group dance performance by Dungala Kaiela Batja Malnigan Dance Enterprises, a music performance by Jessica Lorraine and Q&A sessions with special guest speakers Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Bruce Quick and Josh Thornton, who has been selected to compete at the upcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The final local Baton Bearer, Michael Scandolera will arrive at the lakeside celebration at approximately 2:50pm which will be followed by a mayoral address, photo opportunities and a final music performance by Jessica Lorraine concluding the event at 3.00pm.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe said, “I encourage all Greater Shepparton residents to come along to this community celebration, cheer on our local Baton Bearers and witness the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton hit our region.

“The celebrations will kick off at 1:30pm at the lake, and everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the festivities. It will no doubt be a memorable experience you can share with your friends and family for a lifetime.”

Greater Shepparton’s local Baton Bearers include Zahra Al Hindawi, Joshua Baginski, Alana Baldi, Stephen Barker, Kenneth Birkett, Rhonda Cator, Allan Connolly, Kayne Crompton, Lloyd Freer, Kathy Fuller, Todd Hodgetts OAM, Jennifer Savage, Damien Saxon, Michael Scandolera, Dhami Singh, Damien Stevens and Jacinta Todd.