MEET MACKAY LOCALS PARTICIPATING IN THE QUEEN’S BATON RELAY

MEET MACKAY LOCALS PARTICIPATING IN THE QUEEN’S BATON RELAY

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition, and we are fortunate to have the Queen’s baton passing through Mackay from 15 to 17 March on its way to its final destination of the Gold Coast for the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth games on 4 April.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a celebration of our Commonwealth’s diversity and inspires community pride. Batonbearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and have been selected to be a part of history, a great honour indeed and we congratulate all our ‘local legend’ Batonbearers on their selection.

We were lucky enough to chat with three Mackay region ‘local legends’ who have the honour of taking some of the many million steps that it will take to deliver the Queen’s Baton to its final destination.


CLAUDIA BARTOLO

Ten-year-old Marion local, Claudia, who adorns this month’s front cover with her beautiful family, is an all-round local sports legend and a fundraising superstar.

Claudia loves sport and is a swimmer, a netball player and a member of both the Mackay Tri Club and the Mackay Waterpolo Club. While she thinks this contributed to her nomination, she feels that the main reason she was chosen was because of her fundraising achievements when she was only six years old. When Claudia’s Nana was diagnosed with breast cancer, Claudia wanted to help her Aunt raise money to let her Nana know that it would be okay. Claudia held free dress days at school and opened a fundraising page, and with the support of family and friends, Claudia and her Aunt both shaved their heads, raising over $5,000 for Breast Cancer Research.

It was Claudia’s rightfully proud mother, Petrina who nominated her to be a batonbearer. Claudia said she couldn’t thank her mother enough for all that she does, driving her to all the training and carnivals and for letting her do all these things.

Claudia feels truly honoured to be running with the baton down Alfred Street as her leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay. Make sure you get down to cheer Claudia on as this is an honour that has been earnt through lots of hard work and is one that it is very deserving.

We asked Claudia for one piece of inspirational advice that she would like to share with other kids of the Mackay region and this is what she said:

“Just have a go and try your best, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose.”


JASMINE AND DEAN PEARCE

It is great to see a mother and son team from Dysart both having the honour of being batonbearers. Jasmine and her ten-year-old son, Dean are being recognised for their talents and contributions to art, craft and photography.It is great to see a mother and son team from Dysart both having the honour of being batonbearers. Jasmine and her ten-year-old son, Dean are being recognised for their talents and contributions to art, craft and photography.

Jasmine has won many awards for photography, arts and craft in the local Dysart Through My Eyes Art and FeaturePhotography Exhibition as well as at the Clermont show. She also is the Dysart Co-Ordinator for the Isaac Performing Arts, as well as recently joining the Isaac Arts and Cultural Committee, both of which are volunteer positions.

Dean clearly follows in his mother’s footsteps, and his talent as a multi-award-winning photographer and artist has seen him also win many prizes at the Dysart Through My Eyes Art and Photography Exhibition, as well as at the Clermont Show too. Dean is also an avid triathlon competitor with his team, Ninjas in Training.

But it is their work as a family on an on-going community-minded project which they have been running for 13 months now, that they both feel is the big reason that they were given this amazing honour. Jasmine, Dean and Jasmine’s younger son, Heath run their own YouTube channel called the Down Under Brothers. The boys are the hosts, and Jasmine films, produces, and edits the videos. The Down Under Brothers channel focuses on gaining awareness for what it’s like living rural in the Isaac and Mackay Regions. They attend community events and visit the local communities, and if there are no events happening they film the boys getting outside and playing in the hope of inspiring other kids to do the same.

This worthy nomination of Dean was made by Dean’s mother, Jasmine. Dean is so thankful to her for having nominated him and for always being there and always supporting him in everything he does. Clearly, this respect is reciprocated as it was Dean who nominated his mother, Jasmine. Such a wonderful gesture and Jasmine is so humbled that her son felt that she was worthy of being nominated for the work that she does within the community and with her family.

Jasmine feels blessed to be a part of this Queen’s Baton Relay, and her leg will see her running on Wednesday, 21 March in Moranbah from Clements Street to Brian Coughlan Park. Dean too is rightfully proud to be one of the youngest kids in Australia to be involved in the Queen’s Baton Relay, and he’ll be running in Capella on 22 March on Moran Street.

We asked Jasmine and Dean for one piece of inspirational advice that he would like to share with other kids of the Isaac and Mackay regions and this is what they said:

Jasmine said, “Get involved in your community, and make the effort to approach new people and find ways to include them in whatever activities are coming up.”

Dean said, “I would like to see more kids getting outside, having fun and getting involved in their community’s events.”


If you want to follow the Queen’s Baton Relay on its journey to the Gold Coast or want to discover who is carrying the Baton and when then go to www.gc2018.com/qbr.

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