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(12/2/2018) Mike carries the baton for Fremantle

He’s one of only five people to have walked around Australia unaided, so a short stroll along Fishing Boat Harbour as a batonbearer in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay will be a doddle for Fremantle’s Mike Pauly.

The 77-year-old artist was the City of Fremantle’s nominee to carry the Baton when the relay comes to Fremantle on 24 February.

He started his epic circumnavigation of Australia in 2014 to raise money for mental health programs at the Freo Men’s Shed. It took him two years and covered more 16,600 kilometres.

Mr Pauly said he was very proud to be representing Fremantle in the Queen’s Baton Relay.

“It’s nice to be recognised and nice for other people to know about the things you do for the community,” Mr Pauly said.

“Although pride does come before a fall, so I hope I don’t fall over.

“I’m having a knee replacement done in March, so I’ll be taking it slow. I won’t be racing, that’s for sure.”

Mr Pauly is one of 18 bearers who will carry the Queen’s Baton through the streets of Fremantle on its way to the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.

Other notable batonbearers include recently retired Perth Scorchers captain Adam Voges, Olympic and Commonwealth Games hockey gold medallist Rechelle Hawkes and local water polo stalwart Edward Neesham.  

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

Starting on 13 March 2017 at Buckingham Palace, the Baton will travel on a 388-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where Her Majesty’s message will be removed from the Baton and read aloud to officially open the Games.

For more information about the batonbearers and the relay route visit the Queen's Baton Relay website.