Hahndorf Hosts the Queen’s Baton Relay in February

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Join the celebration of diversity, community pride and a world-class festival of sports, as the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Hahndorf on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

This is an incredible chance to experience this tradition in Hahndorf where the relay will run down the Main Street with a special celebration in Pioneer Park Gardens.

Starting on Windsor Avenue at 10.53am, the relay will travel to Pioneer Park Gardens for a welcoming ceremony and festivities where everyone is welcome.

While the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast are still a little while away, the Queen’s Baton Relay has been making its way through the Commonwealth since its iconic commencement at Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017.

Carrying a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the baton message calls for athletes to come together in peaceful, friendly competition. This year, the legendary event is the longest and most accessible in history, lasting for 388 days and travelling 230,000 kilometres before the start of the Games.

Touching down in Hahndorf on Day 58, the relay will continue to travel through Lobethal and then Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, before continuing to visit further communities all over Australia.

What makes this event so exciting is that there is only one Queen’s Baton - unlike the Olympic Torch. Throughout its journey, it’ll pass through 3800 Australian hands as a symbol and reminder of the connection and understanding between all within the commonwealth.

One notable baton bearer in Hahndorf, is Carmen Garcia - a local legend fighting tirelessly for refugees, youth and women. She sits on numerous boards and committees, leads initiatives and raises millions of dollars for international aid. Another baton bearer, Sarah Hammond, won South Australian Young Citizen of the Year and is Founder and CEO of Kid’s Arthritis, battling with the disease herself since birth.

So come and be a part of history and cheer on the heroes of South Australia as they pass the baton in Hahndorf. A celebration for the whole family to enjoy, be sure to make your way to Hahndorf before 10.30am to obey all traffic and parking restrictions as all roads leading into Hahndorf will be closed to traffic between 10.45am and 11.50am. The welcome ceremony in Pioneer Park Gardens will kick off at approximately 11.09am.

Mark the date in your calendar and make a day of it by planning the rest of your day in Hahndorf. Whether you’d love the discover the full German experience, taste delicious foods, or simply relax with a picnic, there’s something for all ages in Hahndorf.

Find out more about the relay and track the baton in real-time here