2017 Commonwealth Day
On Monday 13 March, students from Gold Coast schools attended Commonwealth Day celebrations at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre with MP Kate Jones, acting Mayor Donna Gates and Royal Australian Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid.
Attending the unveiling of the commemorative coins for the 2018 Commonwealth Games was an impressive experience that I am glad to have been a part of. Today not only marked Commonwealth Day and the unveiling of the commemorative coins, but also the beginning of the Queen’s baton relay in London. It this day March 13, that the Queen handed the baton to the first relay runner at Buckingham palace to begin its 230,000 km journey through the Commonwealth countries to finish at the opening ceremony, here on the Gold Coast, in April next year. Hearing the Queen’s Commonwealth Day message alongside students and principals from the 112 schools in the GC2018 Gold Coast Schools Connect program was eye-opening. It helped me to realise the importance of our role in raising awareness of the Commonwealth countries within the community of the Gold Coast and making the athletes feel welcome when they arrive. Holding the flags of the 70 Commonwealth nations and territories helped to develop a sense of unity and solidarity among the ambassadors of each country and portray this year’s Commonwealth Day theme of being a ‘Peace-building Commonwealth’. I am honoured to have the privilege of being a part of this historic event and help mark the next step as we progress closer to the Commonwealth Games in 2018.