The Hunter’s own Kurt Fearnley proudly carried the baton onto the stage at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games opening cermony on Wednesday night.
He passed it on to Australian netballer Liz Ellis and said he was very honoured to be part of the official ceremony.
“Honoured to be able to take that stage,” he tweeted.
“To carry the baton in the opening ceremony along side Commonwealth Games legends. I’ll never understand how it happened but I’ll be forever grateful for it. Now it’s #gametime”
The Gold Coast 21st Commonwealth Games were officially opened by Prince Charles.
Surf lifesavers, beaches, fireworks and light shows were at the front and centre of the ceremony which celebrated athletes from around the Commonwealth.
In front of a packed stadium, the heir to the British throne and his wife Camilla, were welcomed by Yugambeh Elder Ted Williams.
"The ancient stories told by the Indigenous people of Australia remind us that even though we may be half a world away, we are all connected," Charles said.
"Over the years these friendly Games have shown the potential of the Commonwealth to connect people of different backgrounds and nationalities.
"In this spirit of cooperation and togetherness, common ground has been established and enduring friendships forged,” Charles said before officially declaring the games open.