PRESS RELEASE: 09 March 2018, Twenty-six days out from the GC2018 Opening Ceremony, and end of the QBR’s journey, representative cross-country youngster, Batonbearer Laura Mayne is counting down.
“I’m very excited to go to the Commonwealth Games and we’ve got tickets to the boxing because my dad really likes boxing, and I really enjoy gymnastics so we’re going to see that, as well and swimming and athletics. I have been to the Gold Coast before and I really loved it, it’s really nice. I hope we can go to the beach while we’re there but I’m just excited in general because it’s the Commonwealth Games!”
Augathella for his commitment to bringing the community together through sport. He won’t admit it, but town butcher Shaun Radnedge is a bit of a legend in the Shire of Murweh, nominated to carry the Queen’s Baton on Day 74
“I’m very humbled, it’s a bit of a surreal experience. My wife did it yesterday [in Charleville] and it sort of makes you feel, you know all the stuff you do in the community, to get recognised is pretty awesome.”
As he ran down Main Street, they were cheers for “Zorro” – a name he’s been known by since dressing up at the Charleville Show 35 years ago.
“Everyone in this area, especially Augathella has a nickname and everyone knows me as Zorro. When they call me Shaun that usually means I’m in trouble!”
The cheers kept coming as the seven batonbearers made their way through Augathella, the smile on 14-year old Ryan Henry’s face, who was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a morning highlight.
North-west to Tambo, the community gathered at Tambo State School to celebrate the seven batonbearers playing their part in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR).
The town of just 345 people was settled in 1863, making it the oldest town in western Queensland, and is halfway between Brisbane and Mt Isa.