SynchroWA’s Relationship Manager and former President of Synchronised Swimming Australia Inc, Brian Miller, was honoured to run among many local legends and ‘share the dream’ of carrying the Queen’s Baton as it made it’s journey through Perth at the weekend.
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!
The baton enjoyed an exciting trip around WA’s capital, including a trip to Rottnest as part of the annual open water swim from Cottesloe beach, travelling by jet ski across the swan river and tacking up the coast with a kite surfer!
The baton is now on it’s way to 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.”
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.
Thank you Brian for your continued support and enthusiasm for Synchronised Swimming in Australia.
Brian was joined on Saturday by Synchronised Swimmers Rose Stackpole, Danielle Kettlewell and Amie Thompson (L-R in photograph)