10 of our own will take part in the 230,000km journey
Ten Aussie BMX members have been granted the opportunity of a lifetime after being announced as Batonbearers for the Queens Baton Relay as a part of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Emma Stevens, Gemma Rodgers, Campbell Allan, Leah Hearne, Courts Oostendorp, Bill Woodward, Mitchell Walker, Carissa Osborne, Jodie Mundie and Portia Eden will run in the epic cross-continental relay.
With an average age of just 12.6 years-old between them, the BMX contingent will join a throng of youngsters as well as accomplished sporting legends as a part of this history-making event.
All up, there will be more than a million steps taken throughout the relay.
About the relay
The Queens Baton Relay is a tradition to celebrate the diversity of the Commonwealth, inspire community pride and excite people at the world class festival of sport and culture that is to come.
The baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.
Gold Coast 2018 will represent the longest Queens Baton relay, ever.
A few of the Aussies taking part
Both Portia Eden from Cairns and Mitchell Walker from Litchfield in the NT will be the youngest of the Aussie BMX contingent taking part. Both are currently 10-years-old. The oldest BMX Batonbearer will be 17-year-old Toowoomba local Carissa Osborne.
Many of the participants were sworn to secrecy!
Batemans Bay’s Leah Hearne was nominated and selected due to her BMX achievements, and work inspiring other young girls to take up the sport of BMX. It was a similar scenario for Gold Coaster Courts Oostendorp who was nominated by her school courtesy of her effort in sports. Both had to keep it under wraps in the day leading into the announcement.
Courtney has been so incentivised by this opportunity that she wanted to complete her leg riding her bike!
Meanwhile this is just another feather in the cap of Mt. Isa’s Bill Woodward, the 11-year-old being announced as a Batonbearer not long after being awarded with a Sports Encouragement Bursary from the North Queensland Sports Foundation. Talk about riding through a purple patch!
When the Aussie BMX group will have their spot in the limelight
Leah Hearne – Batemans Bay, NSW – February 6, 2018
Gemma Rodgers – Karratha, WA – February 27, 2018
Mitchell Walker – Litchfield, NT – March 1, 2018
Bill Woodward – Mt. Isa, QLD – March 6, 2018
Joel Mundie, Portia Eden – Cairns, QLD – March 15-17, 2018
Campbell Allan – Hervey Bay, QLD – March 25, 2018
Emma Stevens, Carissa Osborne – Toowoomba, QLD – March 28, 2018
Courts Oostendorp – Gold Coast, QLD – April 1-4, 2018
*Note: Dates indicate day, or days in which selected individual will run. Information regarding exact dates, times and leg numbers was not available at time of writing.