The official torches of the Gallipoli Games have departed from various locations from the world today, as Turkey commemorates 100 years since the March 18 naval victory over the Allied forces at Çanakkale.
In Australia's capital Canberra, 19-year-old gold medal athlete Madeleine Lucas was the torchbearer of the flame, where it was lit and carried from in front of the Australian War Memorial.
Gallipoli Games Co-Chair Ömer Mutlugün and Australian University Sport CEO Donald Knapp also attended the event.
The torch representing Turkey in Gallipoli Games 2015 has been lit and carried in Ankara at the Polatli Sakarya War Memorial by national university athlete Baris Telli.
The ceremony was broadcast live on TRT News, and was attended by the Turkish Ministry of Youth and Sports Representative Mustafa Elduran, Gallipoli Games Co-Chair Faruk Boyacıoğlu and Turkish University Sports Federation President Prof. Dr. Kemal Tamer and Secretary-General Erdoğan Çelebi.
The official torch representing New Zealand for the Gallipoli Games has departed from the Ataturk War Memorial in the capital Wellington. The torch was lit and carried by open swimming water athlete Liam John Albery. The 18-year-old university athlete will be representing New Zealand at the inaugural Gallipoli Games. Gallipoli Games representative Deniz Keselik also attended the ceremony.