Baton bearers named

Mayor Neville Kschenka congratulates Rachael Hyde on her role as baton bearer representing Narrandera for the Queen’s Baton Relay. Lilly Hewitt will also carry the baton.

Eight Narrandera residents have been selected among thousands of batonbearers across Australia who will to be a part of history and carry the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay as it makes its way through Narrandera to the Games’ Opening Ceremony.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) announced these batonbearers at the Optus Aquatic Centre (GCAC) in Southport Queensland yesterday.

Narrandera’s contingent will be Rachael Hyde, Lilly Hewitt, Gerry Daly, Jack Langley, Simon Lee, Rosemary Orr, Sharyn Rowlands and Bruce Waters. They will be joined for the Narrandera part of the journey by Norm Harrison and Kiara Pham of Leeton, Trinity Murphy of Wagga, Gary Roberts of Kooringal and Keith Shannon of Kamarah.

The feature baton bearers for Narrandera will be Rachael Hyde and Lilly Hewitt.

At 14, Lilly has represented NSW at a national level twice in recent years for athletics, as well as competing at the state championships where she won silver medals in hammer throw (2016) and shot put (2017).

She has also competed at the state swimming championships. Lilly coaches other children in athletics, helping them reach state
level championships. She also helps out a the local swimming club with the Learn to Swim Program.

Living in Narrandera, Lilly has very limited access to resources but still manages to achieve great things. She excels at school and she also works part-time. She sets  a great example for her community.

Mrs Hyde is employed by Kurrajong and has  been a dedicated and caring worker for 13 years. Her compassion and caring extends far and beyond her workplace, including organising football trips to Canberra and Sydney. She organises sewing classes to give clients the confidence to then go on and make their own as well as provide a social outlet for them. Her commitment to the Narrandera community shows her above and beyond approach to everything she sets her mind to and resulted in her winning the Narrandera Shire’s Citizen of the Year 2017.

Two other Narrandera Shire residents, Jodie Landy and Heather White of Barellan, will be among the Griffith celebration contingent.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed the list of approximately 3,800 Australians who will carry the Queen’s Baton on its 100-day journey across the nation in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

The Premier said the list of names, selected  through a community nomination program, was a great reflection of Australia.

“The lists of names have been compiled by judging panels in each  state and territory, allowing local knowledge to play the  greatest possible role in the selection process,”she said. “The baton bearers recognise the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life, from ambitious 10-year-olds to humble volunteers and well known Australians from a variety of fields.”

The Premier also revealed the uniform that  baton bearers will get to wear with pride as they carry the Baton.

“It will be a treasured keep-sake of their special role in GC2018,” she said.

The Baton’s activity during the school holidays and the street-level detail through celebration communities will be revealed on November 17.

The Queen’s Baton arrives on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on April 4 2018, where the Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.

The baton will arrive in Narrandera on Sunday January 28 next year.

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