Excitement is high as the Queen’s Baton Relay will be passing through Narrandera on Sunday.
Two of the baton-bearers at Narrandera are father and daughter duo Rosemary Orr and Bruce Waters.
“It was a real honour, and a really big surprise,” said Mrs Orr.
Her father has been counting down the days until the relay arrives. The baton-bearers have already received their official uniforms for Sunday.
The family have had a long history of supporting sport in Narrandera. Mr Waters has been involved in tennis, golf, cricket, basketball and football, playing around 350 games of footy over his career.
“I played most sport; I haven’t mucked around. Mainly due to the fact that years ago the only way to enjoy yourself was to play sport.
“I play bowls now, but I haven’t missed out on anything really.”
A highlight of Mr Waters’ sporting career was a match against Collingwood in 1960, played at the Narrandera Sportsground.
“At the time I played against Collingwood, it was a big thing, but it didn’t seem to be a big thing until later years. I thought to myself that I should have enjoyed myself a bit more!”
Mr Waters has also dedicated his time to tennis, cricket and football coaching, and together with his wife Jan, swimming coaching. Now Jan looks after the coaching, while Mr Waters cooks “500 sausages each Tuesday night”.
Mrs Orr was named the Narrandera Sportsperson of the Year for 2017 and after playing A-grade tennis for years, turned her hand to A-grade golf. In 2016 she competed in the Emirates Australian Open.
Mr Waters was nominated by his wife and daughters, although Mrs Orr says she isn’t sure who threw her hat into the ring.
“I believe it was a family member, but no-one’s come clean yet!” she said.
“It’s amazing how far the baton does travel and to so many remote areas as well. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone to see it.”
The family are also planning to attend the opening ceremony of the Common-wealth Games in April.
“It will be so exciting to hold it and then see it in the stadium,” Ms Orr said.
“It’s just a real honour that you can do something on the sporting side of things, and then to be involved in something that huge – it’s just a real honour, and I can’t say it enough.”
The baton will make its way through Narrandera from Wagga this Sunday, January 28. The relay through Narrandera will start with a Welcome to Country in Marie Bashir Park at 12.44pm.
It heads to Griffith from Narrandera and makes an eventual loop around the country to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games.