The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games has announced the local batonbearers who will carry the Queen’s Baton during the 100-day countdown to the Games in April 2018.
From youngsters to some of Australia’s most accomplished legends, the Queen’s Baton Relay recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life and the Baton arrives in Mount Isa on March 6, 2018.
Among the batonbearers representing Mount Isa will be 11-year-old Mace Te Pohe and 2017 Mount Isa Australia of the Year, Gavin Donnelly.
Mace is an Aboriginal leader in Grade 6 at Central State School organising the school’s Naidoc events as well as a range of other community and fundraising events. He is known as an animal whisperer and would love to be a wildlife ranger.
Gavin is recognised for his many volunteer roles with the SES, Rural Fire Brigade and Saint Johns Ambulance.
*** See here for a list of the names of the Queen’s Baton relayers in Cloncurry, Hughenden, Prairie, Winton and Birdsville. ***
Mount Isa Mayor Cr Joyce McCulloch said she was immensely proud of our batonbearers. “Many have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others, some have accomplished great feats and others are working towards realising their dreams. Being a batonbearer recognises all of this, and more,” Cr McCulloch said. “I encourage you to support these great people in our community, and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton yourselves.”
Across the country, batonbearers will take more than a million steps to bring the Baton to the Games’ Opening Ceremony on April 4. Community celebration details will be announced on November 17.
The 44 Mount Isa baton relayers are: Michelle Ball, Keith Ballard, Jake Britton, Cheryl Brosnan, Cheryl Bruce, Martin Carland, Stephen Carrington, Madison Clauson, Alex Cleary, John Davis, Kerrie Dempsey, Maryann Devine, Gavin Donnelly, Larissa Dowdle, Chris Gaston, Elena Goodall, Emma Harman, Richard Harvey, Melissa Hodgetts, Ronald Holt, Graham Johnson, Stephanie King, Sabina Knight, Karen and Kim Kreschmann, Fiona Kropp, Malcolm MacRae, Jekeira Major, Greg Mitchell, Ben Nedwich, Vicki Nicholson, Hope Philip, Sally Prendergast, Allan Regeling, Nikki Row, Gina Scott, David Scott, William and Mace Te Pohe, Sienna Te Wani, Mike Westerman, Paul White, Wendy Wockner and Bill Woodward.
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