Baton bearers named

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 19-Oct-2017

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A GROUP of 18 locals from sporting organisations and community groups will be part of the Queen’s Baton relay when it comes to Bendigo in February ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Organisers announced the local baton bearers this week, with Dennis O’Hoy AM and Otis Foundation founder Andrew Barling among those carrying the baton through Bendigo.

It has already been passed between thousands of people across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe.

Organisers say the relay is the longest and most accessible in Commonwealth Games history, travelling 388 days and 230,000 kilometres in the lead-up to the event.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the baton bearers who will be a part of this rich tradition,” games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said.

“We are honoured to have so many great Australians carry Her Majesty’s message for Gold Coast 2018 and we look forward to celebrating their stories and inspiring generations to come.”

Council says the Bendigo residents have been named as baton bearers in recognition of their achievements and contributions to the community.

Bendigo Chinese Association president Russell Jack, cycling identity Edward Barkla, rowing coach and teacher Dennis Nihill, Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival organiser Colin Thompson, Bendigo Clay Target Club coach Glenn Woodhatch and Bendigo Table Tennis Association president Gary Warnest will also carry the baton through Bendigo.

Other carriers include Joel Bertoncini, Martin Mark, Bradley Orton, Arj Perera, Laurie Preston, Nathan Rogers, Ellyse Roper, Kaye Trimble, Leslie Trimble and Lynn Walker.

The baton will travel around Australia en route to its final destination, the games’ opening ceremony on April 4, 2018.

 “I am immensely proud of our baton bearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s baton comes to town,” mayor Margaret O’Rourke said.

“Many have made great contributions to greater Bendigo and the region through their leadership, passion and community work. 

“Being a baton bearer recognises all of this, and more.”

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