Taking up the baton

THREE Glenorchy City residents will soon don their running shoes and hold their head high when they carry the Queens Baton as part the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Hundreds of people across the local community will get the chance to engage with the baton as it spends quality time in each region, arriving in Glenorchy on 9 February 2018.

The three lucky locals to take up the baton will be Dakoda Leary, John Ward and Jack Allen.

Mr Leary, of Chigwell, is the current Glenorchy City Council Young Citizen of the Year and has been a member of the Glenorchy Youth Task Force for the past five-years.

He has also been involved in several community groups and projects.

Mr Ward, of Rosetta, is the current Glenorchy Citizen of the Year and began fighting for the rights of grandparents 20-years-ago when he became aware of the lack of support available to grandparents raising grandchildren.

He established the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Advisory Council and is now acting as its chair.

Mr Ward has received several awards over the years, culminating in being awarded the National Community Services Grandparent of the Year in 2012.

The final batonbearer will be Mr Allen, of Claremont, who has served in Lions for 47-years.

He has been a past Australia Day Citizen of the Year and currently represents Lions, Sunshine Home, Glenorchy Community Fund, Tasmania Lions Foundation and is an active member of the Glenorchy RSL Bocci Club.

Glenorchy City Council Commissioner Sue Smith recently gathered with the three batonbearers to offer her congratulations on their selection.

“I am immensely proud of our batonbearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s Baton comes to town,” she said.

“Many have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others, some have accomplished great feats and others are working toward realising their dreams.

“Being a batonbearer recognises all of this and more.

“I encourage you to support these great people in our community and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton yourselves.”

Collectively across the country, the batonbearers will take more than a million steps to bring the baton to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

Caption: From left, Jack Allen, John Ward, Glenorchy City Council Commissioner Sue Smith and Dakoda Leary.