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Emma Snowsil, Olympic Champion rides in a traditional Indian carriage - Palki, during the visit of the Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi
Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi brings hope, enthusiasm for 2018 Games aspirant Gold Coast

Brisbane: The Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi arrival in the city of the 2018 Games’ aspirant Gold Coast, gave them a chance to showcase its colorful culture. The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Gold Coast mayor, Ron Clarke rating Queensland's multi-cultural glamour strip the ideal location for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


Earlier, the baton arrived in Brisbane and was taken to Kelvin Grove State College for an educational visit where Premier Anna Bligh and Commonwealth Games officials welcomed its arrival. Four current and former sporting stars joined the students.


The baton then made its way to the Gold Coast, Queensland, who have recently announced their official bid for 2018 Commonwealth Games.


The celebrations in Gold Coast were a display of its multicultural society.  The function started at the Broadwater Parkland with a gymnastic performance by young girls and boys from Gold Coast Gymnastics Club followed by a splendid performance by the Indian Community of Gold Coast who sang the Indian National anthem and started the function with Lord Ganesh Poojan (Prayer) and by enlightening lamps followed by dance performances by Gold Coast India Cultural Association.


Gold Coast Indian Cultural Association member, Neha Sharma said excitement was building in New Delhi in the lead up to the October Games. Indian High Commissioner, Sujatha Singh said Wednesday's rain was an "auspicious" sign signaling good fortune ahead of the Gold Coast's bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


"When it rains it means it will all go well, that is a good sign," Mrs Singh said. "I think the Gold Coast has a very good chance of hosting the 2018 games."


After this Commonwealth Games triathlon champion Emma Snowsill entered in a ceremonial Palki chair down the red carpet carrying the baton showered with rose petals by the members of local Indian Community with Punjabi Dhol music led by Indian drummer. This was an exceptional way to carry the baton, as it has never been done before during the relay.  


Emma Snowsill then handed the baton to the Gold Coast Mayor, Ron Clarke for the official welcome, who then handed the baton to Her Excellency Sujatha Singh, Indian High Commissioner in Australia.  In attendance was the ACGA CEO Mr. Perry Crosswhite, who also addressed the media.


The ceremony ended with three cheers for the baton and wishing all athletes good luck.

One Olympic Champion hands over to another - Ron Clarke and Emma Snowsill Perry Crosswhite holding the Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi during the baton's visit to the Gold Coast, Australia