Come see our GC2018 Commonwealth Games Athlete – Brett Wilkie when he carries the Queen’s Baton in the relay on Sunday 1st April.

The Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition of the Commonwealth Games since 1958. Inside the baton is a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls for the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together is a peaceful and friendly competition. Prior to the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games the baton only travelled through England and the Games host country.

The GC 2018 Baton Relay will be the longest ever in the Games history and will travel through all nation and territories of the Commonwealth. It started on 13th March 2017 at Buckingham Palace and will have traveled 230,000kms over 388 days by the journey end at the Opening Ceremony.

Our GC2018 Commonwealth Games Athlete Brett Wilkie will have the honour of being Baton Bearer #75 before he competes in the upcoming Games. His leg of the relay is on  Sunday 1st April 5.13pm at 75 Discovery Drive Helensvale. It is suggested that anyone who wishes to be there cheering him on be at the starting location at least 15 minutes early in case the Relay is running ahead of schedule.

Here at Club Helensvale we are lucky enough to boast two other members that will have the honour of carrying the Baton through the latter stages of it’s journey to the opening ceremony – Anthony Fantini and Mark Casey.

The details of their legs of the relay are as follows –

MARK CASEY: Monday 2nd April 11.55am at the End of Loders Creek Bridge Marine Parade Southport. Baton Bearer #74.

ANTHONY FANTINI: Wednesday 4th April 10.20am at Malibu Apartments Breaker Street Main Beach. Baton Bearer #16.

It would be great to see as many of our members as possible at these legs, cheering on our Hawks stars as they take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Good luck and carry the baton with pride.

Our home town is set to be on the world stage with the City of Gold Coast hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the 4th to 15th April. The excitement has been building and building as the Games venues and facilities have transformed the city.

Congratulations to the Australian Jackaroos who have been chosen to represent our country on the greens at the Games. We are thrilled to have three of our very own Helensvale Hawks as part of the team. Well done Nathan Rice and Brett Wilkie and the recent addition to the Club Helensvale stable of players, Aron Sherriff!

Our Club Helensvale bowlers are so excited to be part of the upcoming mega multi sport event which will be the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In bowls, there’s no bigger stage, and the thrill of being able to compete in front of a massive patriotic Aussie home crowd will be second to none.

It’s such an honour and privilege to wear the Green and Gold uniform in any sport at any event, but the Commonwealth Games is really something special. Unofficially known as ‘the friendly Games’, the spirit and sportsmanship on display amid the highest level of elite fierce competition is completely unique and ensure there’ll be memories to last a lifetime.

Our Helensvale bowlers have a rich history on the Games stage with our players bringing home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from the Melbourne, Delhi, and Glasgow Games. Our team will be striving to add to that prestigious trophy cabinet and we’ll be cheering them on all the way.

The Gold Coast has become the mecca for Bowls across the Nation, during the games our backyard will be on show across the world to millions of people and we can’t wait to see it all unfold.  Make sure to keep an eye on our facebook page for updates during the Games!

We will have a fun party atmosphere at the Club during the Commonwealth Games with decorations, special promotions  and the bowls events live streamed up on the big TV screen, so make sure to come on in and cheer them on as they strive for gold.

Good luck to our amazing Aussie Hawks, you’ll do us proud – GO FOR GOLD!


The Bowls Premier League is one of the biggest and most exciting competitions with it’s lightning fast format and top Australian and New Zealand teams competing. BPL06 is just under two months away and the buzz is already starting to build across the country and within our local bowls community in anticipation of our calendars most colourful and exciting event.

Personally I’m so excited to be part of both another BPL event and our mighty Gold Coast Hawks franchise this year. I can’t wait to hit the greens with my great friends and two of the world’s best bowlers in Mark Casey and Brett Wilkie.

We’ve experienced success alongside each other at International, National, and State level, but are yet to team up together in the fun, fast paced BPL format. We have a unique bond, rivalled by no other franchise, which has been created over nearly 15 years of playing together in the Helensvale, Queensland, and Australian colours.

We know each others game styles really well, where our strengths lie, and what brings the best out in each other. I think we have such a great balance of consistency, flair, power, and presence that we will definitely be a force to be reckoned with this year.

We have such a great supporter base too, a sea of green and gold in the crowd, so that definitely helps when trying to get over the line in those crucially tight matches. It’s such a short sharp style of match play so every little advantage we can utilise will make a big impact when it comes to tasting ultimate success.

The competition is going to be fierce – the best of the best – but I believe 2017 really could be our best chance at obtaining that elusive BPL title.

Nathan Rice will be guiding us in the coach/mentor role, so no doubt we’ll be ready to roll – all guns blazing come opening day of play on the 14th November!

Author: Lynsey Clarke
Gold Coast Hawk,  Australian Team Captain, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist