SynchroWA’s very own Relationship Manager and former President of Synchronised Swimming Australia Inc, Brian Miller, will be among many local legends who will ‘share the dream’ and carry the Queen’s Baton with pride when it reaches Western Australia next February.
Nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, baton bearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great.
The Baton for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) has been specially designed to capture the boundless energy of the Gold Coast and is ‘an inspiring symbol that will connect the Commonwealth with Australia, Queensland and the Gold Coast.’ Click here to link to the official page of the baton to find out more!
Currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the baton will not arrive in WA until next February, making it’s way up from Denmark in the state’s South, travelling up to Perth and onto Karratha in WA’s North before making it across to the Gold Coast in time for the opening ceremony on Wednesday 4th April.
Brian said, “This is a real honour and privilege, and I’m pleasantly surprised to be granted this opportunity. I was first involved with preparing members of the English Commonwealth Games Team in Brisbane in 1982, and I was part of the Australian management team in Glasgow 2014, so this feels as if everything has now come full circle.
I had the honour of running with the Sydney Olympic Torch in Perth in 2000 and I know that these are wonderful community events when the Games come to the people. I need to run 250 metres, so I hope I can make it!”
GC2018 will be the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade and the biggest sporting spectacular the Gold Coast has ever seen, and while the Synchronised Swimming community is disappointed that our sport has not been chosen to be included this time, we do wish all competitors in other disciplines the very best of luck.
Brian is scheduled to take his turn in Perth, on Saturday 24th February.