The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has announced the 17 local baton bearers 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 Mildura on February 17.

17 year old Nicholas Fasso-Opie, a student at St Joseph’s College and Olympic and Commonwealth Games shooting champion Bryan Wilson are just two of the 17 locals who will carry the Baton when it travels through Mildura.

A young man who has made an extraordinary contribution to his school, Nicholas Fasso-Opie has been the leader of Mercy Social Justice Group for the last two years.

This year he is representing his school at an international Mercy Conference in Ireland. He has been a member of the Mildura Brass Band for the last eight years and spends approximately 150 hours at community events.

He was also a Victorian representative at the 100 year celebrations at Gallipoli in 2016 and has been awarded as the Mildura Lions Youth of the Year.

Currently a Board member of the Sunraysia Academy of Sport, Bryan Wilson competed at state, national and international level in shooting, with a career spanning more than 30 years.

He competed in four Olympics and two Commonwealth Games, winning a gold medal in shooting at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

During his career, he ran talent camps for juniors and coaching clinics and continues to support young athletes to reach their full potential.

The full list of baton bearers for Mildura: Kiarah Birthisel Red Cliffs.  School Principal David Browne Red Cliffs,  Amanda Doolan Mildura,  Nicholas Fasso-Opie Mildura,  ex- local footballer and coach Richard Garlick Mildura,  Jodie Gibson Mildura, Jessica Hall Merbein West, Mildura Sports Assembly executive officer Carmel MacKay Mildura,  Sunraysia Football League senior umpire Philip Opie Mildura, , Ian Rowland Irymple, 92 year old Mildura Show Society member who still plays a game of tennis Len Spence Irymple,  Paul Takacs Mildura,  Jeff Topp Mildura,  Georgia Topp Mildura,  Colin Watson Mildura,  Bryan Wilson Mildura and  Graeme Worthington Birdwoodton

Deputy Mayor Jason Modica said he was immensely proud of all the local batonbearers and the role they would play when the Queen’s Baton comes to town on February 17.

“Many have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others, some have accomplished great feats and others are working towards realising their dreams,” Cr Modica said.

“Being a batonbearer recognises all of this, and more. I encourage you to support these great people in our community, and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton yourselves”

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.

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 January 28 2018, the Baton will switch gears to a traditional Relay and be carried

by great Australians through QBR celebration communities around the country.

Details of the community celebration to coincide with the Baton’s arrival in Mildura will be announced on  November 17.

Since its launch from Buckingham Palace on March 13 this year  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.

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