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Doug Baird OAM, Currumbin RSL launch ANZAC Round warm up tee

Doug Baird, father of fallen soldier Cameron Baird VC MG, has helped launch the Gold Coast Titans' ANZAC Round warm up tee earlier today. 

Joined by Currumbin RSL president Michael Humphreys, the two men were on hand to officially unveil the club's tee ahead of the NRL's ANZAC Round in late April.

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The club will also wear a one-off away jersey design for the Round 8 clash with the New Zealand Warriors on ANZAC Day, April 25. 

For the first time in many years the club will play on the actual ANZAC Day and a trans-Tasman clash will add to the significance of the event. 

The Titans jersey will feature a poppy with an acknowledgement to Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG and will be auctioned off for charity after the match.

The club has a long relationship with the Baird family and the Currumbin RSL so bringing these two elements together on the warm up tee was an important acknowledgement of the great work done by both and again Cameron himself.

Doug Baird OAM and Currumbin RSL president Michael Humphreys.
Doug Baird OAM and Currumbin RSL president Michael Humphreys. ©Titans Media

About the design

The Gold Coast Titans 2024 ANZAC Round Warm Up Tee represents the club’s connection to the Baird Family, Cameron Baird VC MG, and the Currumbin RSL, where the iconic statue of Baird sits proudly in the lobby.

A poppy sits proudly in the centre of the chest, circled by Cameron’s motto, ‘Aspire to Inspire’ and his rank ‘Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG.'

While an artist’s impression of the iconic ANZAC dawn service at Elephant Rock is depicted in a mono application on the torso of the shirt.

The dawn service, run by Currumbin RSL, can attract 20,000+ attendees and is broadcast nationwide and internationally.

The image depicts elements of the service, such as the ‘Ashes to Sea’ ceremony, where the surf boats can be seen in the background performing a sea burial, which honours those who have served and died in the past 12 months.

The top back of the tee illustrates the Thrower Drive bridge in Currumbin and boasts the words ‘Lest We Forget’ sitting on the structure to honour those who have served for Australia.

Above this depiction, the Currumbin RSL logo sits on the back of the neck recognising the work that Currumbin RSL do for the veteran community.

Additionally, there is a striking image of Cameron Baird VC MG sitting on the bottom back of the tee that the Titans’ players will carry during their warm up on ANZAC Day ahead of playing the Warriors.

Finally the the right hand sleeve of the tee acknowledges Baird’s number in the Army and his involvement in the 2nd commando regiment.

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In launching the warm up tee, Doug Baird OAM commented on the love and support that his family and Cameron receives from the Titans and wider Australian and defence community.

"Our feelings go very deep and we are very fortunate that Cameron is seen and known as an Australian Commander, but the love comes from well beyond that (defence force) boundary... right through the whole country," he said.

Humphreys endorsed the relationship the RSL has with the Titans and the significance of the shirt.

'We love our Titans," he said.

"We try and send a contingent to every match and we consider us both Gold Coast and we have an intrinsic link.

"The picture of the rock including the red stream running down is the river of poppies to represent the blood of our lost people flowing down, are iconic and something we are proud to be apart of."

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.