Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton felt “an intense sense of pride” as she carried the Queen’s Baton past the airport on day 99 of its journey around the world.
The Queen's Baton arrived on the Southern Gold Coast just after 6.30am on Tuesday 3 April, choppered in by LifeFlight Chief Medical Officer, Dr Allan Mackillop, over Point Danger.
The Queen's Baton Relay continued through Coolangatta, Tugun and Currumbin over the course of the morning, with the Batonbearers cheered on by local crowds as spirit of the Games was felt across our southern suburbs.
Ms Charlton said she was honoured to have run a leg of the Relay just 1km away from the Gold Coast Airport terminal.
“Running the baton past the airport made the experience all the more memorable,” she said.
“Being a Batonbearer is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was an experience I will never forget.
“The GCA team came down to cheer me on, which made the experience even more special.”
GCA Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton and Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) Chief Executive Officer Chris Mills are among six airport staff involved in the Queen’s Baton Relay.
The Queen’s Baton arrived in Australia on 24 December 2017 then travelled for 100 days across all states and territories, and arrived on the Gold Coast on 1 April 2018.