The world visits Gladstone!

Baton Relay

THE WORLD WILL VISIT GLADSTONE IN EXACTLY ONE YEAR WHEN WE HOST THE QUEEN’S BATON RELAY IN THE LEAD UP TO THE 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES.

While the dates are set in concrete, the baton bearers are not – so Gladstone News has brainstormed a list of names we thought would be the perfect candidates for the duty.

DARRYL SAW
Darryl SawWELCOMING and jovial, Darryl is what we hope to radiate as our town presence.

The Calliope resident and Secretary of the Calliope RSL Sub Branch was recognised upon the Queen’s Birthday Honour List in 2002 for outstanding contribution to his community.

For anyone who has met Darryl would know he has an ability to make you feel seen and to be heard. Darryl is unapologetic for his humour, lighthearted in conversation and eternally gracious for any gesture bestowed upon him. He is a great representative for our region characterised by friendship and modesty.

 

TIA-CLAIR TOOMEYTia-Clair Toomey
Indicative of a fighting spirit, Tia-Clair had the support of an entire town when she represented her country at the Rio 2016 Olympics. We would be uplifted to watch her do so again in the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay.

Strength and dedication personify Tia-Clair, qualities Gladstone would like the world to see. The 24-year-old was named the 2nd Fittest Woman in the 2015 Crossfit Games and a Tri-Silver Medalist at the 2015 Pacific Games.An excellent homegrown athlete Gladstone is so proud to call our own.

 

JUDY WHICKER
Judy Whicker
THE best and worst of times, there is one constant in our communities lives – Judy
Whicker. Not only has she consoled the grieving, celebrated the triumphs as a celebrant – she’s also been an advocate for animal rights and welfare during her time as President of Friends of the RSPCA Gladstone. In a spectacular achievement, the RSPCA in Gladstone successfully rehomed over 600 animals in 2015 under Judy’s leadership. That is approximately two animals for every day of the year.

Judy has lived in the Gladstone region for 41 years, raising her family here and helping her children do the same. Compassionate to the plight of everyone she encounters, Judy is a wonderful representation of the generosity Gladstone is renowned for.

 

CHRISTOPHER TANNER
Founder of The Gladstone Literacy Centre, Christopher Tanner has improved the literacy standard in an entire generation of Gladstone students. Most recently commemoChristopher Tannerrating the
30th graduation ceremony – the Centre begins with students deemed ‘at educational risk’ and through attention and innovation, changes the students lives in both literary success and self-esteem.

Chris Tanner was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in May 2015 for his work in founding the Centre. He represents hopes desire for continual improvement. He reminds us of our capabilities and the power of learning. We are indebted to him as a community and would be honoured to have him represent Gladstone in the Queens Baton Relay.

When the baton arrives in Gladstone on March 24, it will proceed to travel through Miriam Vale, Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy after making its way through Gladstone. If you agree with our choices and wish to nominate or want to make your own submission – head to www.gc2018.com/qb