Queen’s baton relay on its way to Penrith

February 3, 2018 by  

Penrith sport lovers will be able to see a famous relic in the town this weekend.

The Commonwealth Games is fast approaching, with the Opening Ceremony to be held on the Gold Coast in April. On its way to the ceremony is the Queen’s baton, which left Buckingham Palace almost a year ago on March 13, 2017 and has travelled 230,000km through Commonwealth countries to arrive in Australia.

In total, 3,800 baton-bearers will run part of the relay. One such bearer is Lithgow athlete Emily Watts, who has been selected to be part of the relay in Penrith. Watts was recently honoured for her outstanding contributions to sport as a cyclist and triathlete at the recent Australia Day ceremonies and has said she is “very excited” to have been selected for a leg of the relay.

The Commonwealth Games generates an influx of printing services with promotional products, corporate gifts, banner printing and more all expected to be produced and utilised in the lead-up to, and during, the event.

Viewing areas for spectators have been set up so that Penrith residents can get close to the relay action as the baton passes through tomorrow, February 4. The website for Penrith City Council advises that viewers should pick their location as early as possible, as crowds and round closures will make it difficult to move from one spot to the next.