Ten chosen to carry Queen’s Baton through Warragul
 Baw Baw Sport   By // 15:38, Wednesday 18 October 2017

Ten people have been chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton through Warragul in the lead-up to next year’s Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, only with fewer countries and less fire.

Warragul and Morwell are the only two Victorian stops for the baton east of Frankston.


When the baton gets to Warragul on 11 February, it will be carried by:

  • Gwenneth Gilbert of Ellinbank, who has been delivering for Meals on Wheels in Baw Baw for 50 years,
  • David Green of Leongatha,
  • Neville Hurford of Maryknoll,
  • Tracey Jilbert of Warragul,
  • Peter Ketelaar of Korumburra,
  • Noah Lafrantz of Drouin,
  • Lee-Anne McLean of Arawata, who has raised over $90,000 for Relay for Life,
  • Stephen Plumb of Wonthaggi,
  • Harvey Scott of Warragul, and
  • Kathy Watt of Bentleigh, who is responsible for the annual Geoff Watt Fun Run.

Walhalla’s Russell Wright will also carry the baton, although he will participate in the Morwell event.

“Batonbearers represent our diverse community and we are very proud of those recognised today and all of the great people who contribute to so much in Baw Baw Shire,” Baw Baw mayor Joe Gauci said in a media release today.

“Many have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others, some have accomplished great feats and others are working towards realising their dreams. Being a batonbearer recognises all of this, and more.”


Image sources: Left and middle: Queensland government. Right: Baw Baw Citizen.

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