Five Colac district people, including 12-year-old sporting star and Scout Lucy Hateley, will carry the Queen’s baton in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation today announced the batonbearers who will carry the Queen’s baton during its journey, with four Colac district people involved in its Surf Coast journey and Camperdown’s Ross McIlveen participating in the Ballarat stage.
Lucy, along with Yeo’s Aileen Kettle, Skenes Creek’s Don Wagstaff, South Purumbete’s Clyde Sefton, will join 14 other batonbearers from across the region to carry the Queen’s Baton on February 12.
Aileen, who describes herself as a “netball tragic”, is Colac Summer Netball Association president and has been involved with netball in Colac for 50 years.
She said carrying the Queen’s baton was a privilege and she was looking forward to not only the baton relay but also attending next year’s Commonwealth Games.
“I’m very privileged but there are a lot of people who have done a lot for netball administration; I’m one of many,” Aileen said.
“I think Colac has been blessed with people who given back; it’s what your family taught you, you play netball, you commit and then administration is the way you can give back.”
Lucy said she was also thrilled to feature in the relay.
Her dedication to Scouts, which includes learning sign language, and her sporting abilities contributed to her baton relay nomination.
“I play baseball, basketball and soccer,” Lucy said.
“I’m very excited (for the relay).”
Don is well known at Apollo Bay as an avid golfer and his nomination also recognises his achievement as a four-time diving gold medallist.
The Australian diving great won four gold medals, two silver and a bronze representing Australia at four Commonwealth Games, competing from 1966 to 1978 and continuing his association as a television commentator until the 1990s.
Clyde, also a former Olympian, won Australia’s only road-cycling Olympic medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.