The countdown is on until ten Great Lakes residents will participate in the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay this Friday.
About 3800 Australians will carry the Queen’s Baton on its 100 day journey across the nation in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Jennefer Trott, Sarah Boddington, Frances Breen, Terry Brooker, Camden Ceccato, Alysse Iverson, Keith Pearce, Peter Sanders, Laura Thurtell, and Doreen Wilson have been selected to participate in the historic event which will make its way through the Great Lakes heading to the games’ opening ceremony.
Nabiac’s Jennefer Trott will carry the baton through Forster and Tuncurry on day 39 of the relay.
At just 22 years of age, Jennefer has packed a lot of community support and charity work into her time, and is excited to represent the community.
It makes me feel like everything that I do to try and help the community is appreciated and making a difference.- Jennefer Trott
Working regularly with organisations such as the Rural Fire Service, the Nabiac RSL, and Transplant Association Australia, Jennefer is passionate about raising awareness and understanding of issues she believes are often overlooked.
“My main goal through this process is to raise awareness for things that need publicity,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to being involved with the relay.”
Sarah Boddington was also thrilled to be selected.
“I feel pretty privileged to be participating in such a big event, its an honour,” she said.
The baton will land in Brisbane to start the final leg of its journey on Christmas Eve.
For one month during the school summer holidays, the baton will visit major events, iconic landmarks and children’s hospitals across the country.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the list of names, selected through a community nomination program, was a great reflection of Australia.
“The lists of names have been compiled by judging panels in each state and territory, allowing local knowledge to play the greatest possible role in the selection process,” she said.
“The batonbearers recognise the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life, from ambitious 10 year olds to humble volunteers and well known Australians from a variety of fields.
“Collectively, our batonbearers will take more than a million steps through every state and territory, sharing the excitement of GC2018 with regional and remote communities.”
Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said the batonbearers were in for the experience of a lifetime, one that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
“The games is our once in a lifetime opportunity to show the world what Queensland has to offer.”
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