A further 18 people have been announced as baton bearers for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay that will arrive in Launceston on February 7.
This follows on from news that 11-year-old Jack Duffy of Launceston and Rocherlea’s Denise Delphin will serve as ‘feature baton bearers’ during the 100-day countdown to next year’s games.
In Launceston the baton will be carried by – Hollie Bennett, Amy Cure, Denise Delphin, Jack Duffy, Peter Fraser, Daniel Geale, Brett Gillow, Athol Johnson, Jenny McMahon, Kevin Morgan, Vernon O’Byrne, Wesley Polden, Jamie Rusden, Sarah Schmitz, Avinoam Segmen, Alan Stacey, Denise Talbot, Stephen Talbot, Arthur Talbot and Nic Wardlaw.
The list includes a variety of well known local identities from across Tasmania and Victoria.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) confirmed that not all baton bearers will be running in the community that they necessarily live in, but they have endeavored to place participants in communities that they reside in or are proximate to.
The baton bearers also accept their position knowing which community they will carry the baton in.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten announced the complete list of bearers on Wednesday and said that while he had nothing to do with selection itself, everyone who was nominated should feel very honored.
“I am immensely proud of our baton bearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s Baton comes to Launceston,” he said.
“Many have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others.
“Some have accomplished great feats and others are working towards achieving their dreams.
“Being a baton bearer recognises all of this and more.”
The Queen’s Baton Relay will start its Australian journey on December 25, 100 days before the game’s opening ceremony on April 4.
Ms Delphin, who manages the Northern Suburbs Community House said that she was overwhelmed with the selection.
“This is just such a wonderful reflection on all the work I have been involved with for many years,” she said.
“But not just for me, this reflects on the whole community.”