City of Karratha

City of Karratha batonbearers prepare to share the dream of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

19 Oct 2017

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has announced the batonbearers who will carry the Queen’s Baton during the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Across the community, hundreds of people will get the opportunity to engage with the Baton as it spends quality time in the region, arriving in Karratha on 27 February 2018.

From youngsters to some of Australia’s most accomplished legends, the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life.

Collectively across the country, batonbearers will take more than a million steps to bring the Baton to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said he was proud of the selected batonbearers for the City of Karratha leg and encouraged the community to support them.

“Many of these people have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others, some have accomplished great feats and others are working towards realizing their dreams. Being a batonbearer recognizes all of this, and more,” Cr Long said.

“I encourage everyone to support these great people in our community, and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton when it visits our City.”

The uniquely designed Baton starts its Australian journey on 25 December 2017, 100 days before the Opening Ceremony. For one month during the school summer holidays, the Queen’s Baton will visit major events, iconic landmarks and children’s hospitals.

From Canberra on 25 January 2018, the Baton will switch gears to a traditional Relay and be carried by great Australians through QBR celebration communities around the country.

Street level and community celebration details will be announced on 17 November.

Since its launch from Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017, the Baton has inspired athletes and fans across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. Currently it is in Malaysia and is set to visit the remaining 15 Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Brisbane on Christmas Eve.

It will be 60 years since a Baton first carried Her Majesty’s message to athletes of the Commonwealth at the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Wales.

GOLDOC also showcased the uniforms batonbearers will wear.

Batonbearer names and the communities that they will carry the Baton in are available at



The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) continues to connect the Gold Coast with the entire Commonwealth.

Already the Baton has been passed between thousands of people across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe, building excitement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

The GC2018 Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.

The Baton engages with all Commonwealth nations and territories of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania for 288 days before it arrives in Australia for a further 100 days.

The Baton arrives into Brisbane on Christmas Eve and approximately 3,800 batonbearers will carry it through every state and territory in Australia.

The Relay started on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017, at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty placed Her message inside of the Baton.

The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast. In form and inspiration, the Baton is a symbol of our past, present and future.

The Queen’s Baton arrives on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where the Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.


Feature batonbearers for City of Karratha

Batonbearer 1

Name: Matthew Bushby

Nomination Story: “Bushy” dedicates everything to the success of his kids, family and sporting commitments. He is a Dad of six amazing kids whom all participate in sporting activities. Bushy coaches, trains, mentors and volunteers all hours of the day, whilst maintaining a strong family presence and working mentality. He's always on the go, always ready to help and keen to stick it in when needed. Our local softball association would be at a loss if he ever left.

Batonbearer 2

Name: Kelly Howlett

Nomination Story: Kelly has been living in the area for 17 years. She started the Care For Hedland Environmental Association Inc 14 years ago. She is founding member and has been the chairperson ever since.  The association records and monitors flat back turtles along the town’s two beaches, and organises monthly recycling and cleaning. Kelly won the 2015 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award - Individual and the 2014 National Pride of Australia Medal: Environment. Kelly is also excellent netball player.  She has served as a town councillor and Mayor and is a JP


Baton Bearers for City of Karratha

  • Amanda Azzopardi, Baynton
  • Maddison Baker, Paraburdoo
  • Leah Black, Baynton
  • Matthew Bushby, Karratha
  • Steven Cook, Karratha
  • Stuart Dale, Nickol
  • Adam Gillespie, Paraburdoo
  • Marcus Hadley, Karratha
  • Nicholas Hall, Pegs Creek
  • Kelly Howlett, South Hedland
  • Tracy Kitching, Bulgarra
  • Gavin O'Brien, Dampier
  • Amelia Redden, East Carnarvon
  • Jessica Richards, Karratha
  • Gemma Rodgers, Karratha
  • Dale Scott, Bulgarra
  • Natasha Shires, Pegs Creek
  • Brooke Turner, Karratha
  • Russell Turner, Dampier
  • Stuart Wilson, Port Hedland