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Johnathan Thurston To Carry The Queen’s Baton In Townsville

March 7, 2018 Sports No Comments Email Email
Rugby league royalty Johnathan Thurston has been named as a Batonbearer for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) when it visits Townsville in two weeks.

Thurston will join 104 other legends in Townsville as the Queen’s Baton makes its way through the GC2018 event city.
“Townsville is my home and to have it play an integral part in the lead-up to these Commonwealth Games is truly special.
“Queensland does big events well and I’m certain these Commonwealth Games will be no different. I’m looking forward to Townsville being on show to the world during the men’s and women’s basketball competitions.”
The four-time Dally M Medallist will be the final Batonbearer on Day 83 of the Relay, Sunday, 18 March, and will carry the Queen’s Baton into the Jezzine Barracks.
Starting at 2:30pm in the West End, the Queen’s Baton will then travel into the city and down Palmer Street before heading to The Strand and finishing the day at the barracks, where it will be live for 30 minutes as part of a free community celebration.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said she expected a big turn out when the Queen’s Baton makes its way through the city.
“It’s fantastic that Townsville has been selected to be part of such a major event and there’s no doubt our city is full of sports fanatics.
“Having Johnathan Thurston as a Batonbearer will be a very special moment for the North Queensland community and I’m sure will help inspire out next generation of athletes.”
The Queen’s Baton will wake up in Townsville on Monday, 19 March for more QBR action, starting at Reid Park before moving on to Charters Towers Road and Ross River Road and finishing in Cranbrook.
The city is hosting the preliminary rounds of the GC2018 Basketball competition, presented by TAFE QLD, between 5 April and 10 April.
The Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre will host the top four seeded women’s nations in Pool A, headlined by the Australian Opals, Canada, England and Mozambique, and Pool B fixtures of the men’s competition.
Tickets, priced at just $30 for adults and $15 for children, can be purchased on a first come, first served basis via gc2018.com/tickets.

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