Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay is in Malaysia!

Say Hi to Borobi, and welcome to the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay!

It is such an honour for me to join the longest relay in Commonwealth Games history. The 230,000 km route of Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) began at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day (13 March 2017), then continues with 70 Commonwealth nations in 388 days and will finally end at Gold Coast for the Games’ Opening Ceremony.

The QBR has been the traditional curtain raiser to every Commonwealth Games since the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Of course, it has made a stop at Malaysia too!

Flying in from Sri Lanka, the Baton is here in Kuala Lumpur from 16–21 October 2017 before going to the next stop, Brunei.

We are lucky to meet Borobi, the blue surfing koala and official mascot for the 2018 Games, flying in specially from the Gold Coast to join the QBR in KL Sports City.

Rimau, the official mascot for the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games and Asean Para Games
is joining the fun as well!

Not forgetting to mention Wira, the orang utan who was the official mascot
when we were a proud host of the Kuala Lumpur 1998 XVI Commonwealth Games.

Our newly revamped National Stadium in KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil is the venue for this significant event.

We have plenty of friends of the media, fellow national athletes, representatives from Australia
as well as top Malaysian leaders with us at the QBR too.

Just a lil’ heads up about the XXI Commonwealth Games.

It will be held from 4–15 April 2018, involving more than 6,600 athletes and officials with thousands of international visitors expected to flock to Gold Coast in Australia, a popular holiday city known for its golden beaches, world-class attractions and easy-going lifestyle.

In the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, we will see our national athletes stepping onto the competition arena for various sports once again, including Badminton, Track Cycling, Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Diving, Shooting and Lawn Bowls. Are you excited yet?

Let’s take a closer look of the GC2018 Baton!

Marking the 500 Days to Go milestone until the Commonwealth Games, 20 November 2016 was the day of unveiling the bold and beautiful Baton to the public.

Made of macadamia wood and reclaimed plastic collected from Gold Coast waterways and beaches, the Baton’s design is inspired by the region’s vibrant spirit, indigenous heritage and with sustainability in mind.

We are proud to see our country's name engraved among all 70 Commonwealth countries' name, on a metal spine through the middle of the Baton.

The Baton will return to the Gold Coast in April 2018, having been touched, admired, photographed, filmed and loved by so many people from all over the Commonwealth.

Although it is a short run with the Baton, I feel so privileged to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience to join QBR!

For those who will be visiting the Gold Coast to support Team Malaysia at the Games next April,
it's time to discover more about things you can do in Gold Coast:

Cosmopolitan beach lifestyle
 Vibrant café hopping scene
 Colourful weekend markets
 Cuddle a koala
 Traverse the top of Q1, Australia’s tallest residential building on the SkyPoint Climb
 Hot Air Ballooning
 Thrilling theme parks
 Skydive, surfing....and more!

There goes my wishlist: Gold Coast in 2018!

For more information about Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™, Queensland, Borobi and Tourism Australia,
please visit the various social media channels here:

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