The Rottnest Foundation Chairman, Jeff King, was honoured to be one of the Queen’s Baton Relay Batonbearer’s on the 24 February in conjunction with the Rottnest Channel Swim.

Rottnest Island was chosen as one of the host communities for the Queens Baton Relay.

The baton travelled from Cottesloe to Rottnest via a registered esteemed swim team comprised of Eamon Sullivan, Tamara Bruce, Simon Huitenga and Jamie Bowler. The longest swimming segment ever for the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Jeff was chosen as a bearer to acknowledge the countless hours he has dedicated to Rottnest since 2009. His passion, enthusiasm and commitment to conserving the Island is unrelenting and contagious. Jeff was not only representing the Rottnest Foundation, but every community group and individual volunteer that contributes their time to help protect & enhance the unique environmental, cultural and heritage assets of Rottnest Island.

The swim team met Jeff King in front of the Dome, where there were opportunities for members of the public to have photos with the Baton and all of the Rottnest Batonbearer’s. All baton-bearer’s walked to the Hotel, where there were speeches and the official handover of the baton to Jeff
who walked it from Hotel Rottnest along Thomson Bay, and handed it to Barbara Pellick.

Barbara is an outstanding swimmer who has completed the Rottnest Channel Swim 28 times, was the first woman to swim both ways and an inaugural inductee into the Rottnest Channel Swim Association.
Babara handed the Baton to Kellie Properjohn who is one of the first females promoted to Assistant Commissioner in WA Police & an inspirational leader within the organisation.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held from 4-15 April 2018 and will see approximately 6,500 athletes and team officials from over 71 nations and territories compete over 11 days in 18 sports.

The Queen’s Baton Relay has been the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games since the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales, generating positive media coverage, community awareness, pride & support for the Games and allows community members the opportunity to be a part of the Games.

The 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay will undertake the longest journey ever for a Commonwealth Games relay, visiting all other 70 Commonwealth nations and territories on its way to Australia and the Gold Coast.

For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay please visit