The day the Commonwealth Games baton came to Morwell
People lined the streets of Morwell today as 15 participants carried the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton from the Centenary Rose Garden to Immigration Park.
Paralympic (Rio 2016) swimmer Emily Beecroft had the honour of the final leg, carrying the baton into a community celebration at the park near Kernot Lake.
“Representing my country was such an honour," said Emily, "but to represent my home community is so much more fun and really special."
"It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
Baton bearers represented many Gippsland towns.
Emily Beecroft - Traralgon
Colleen Graham - Moe
Cheryl Hibbs - Newborough
Prescott Jones - Sale
Bernadine Larsen - Maffra
Megan Lunny - Lakes Entrance
Jacqueline Madden - Sale
Christine McIntosh - Maffra
Brett Roberts - Tyers
Annie Rogers - Bairnsdale
Melissa Scholes - Newborough
Michael Scott - Longford
Charlee Vernon - Heyfield
Yvette Westfield - Eastwood (Bairnsdale)
Russell Wright - Walhalla
Also two other baton bearers from Melbourne: former professional cyclist and Hawthorn CEO Tracey Gaudry, and table tennis legend William Henzell.
Latrobe City mayor, Councillor Darrell White said it's a delight to host the Morwell stage of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay and the Community Celebration.
“Hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay is not only an exciting opportunity for us, it’s a way to highlight and promote the Latrobe City community to people in Australia and the world who have been following the Queen’s Baton’s extraordinary journey,” Cr White said.
Live music at the community celebration in Immigration Park came from the Strzelecki Stringbusters and Damien Leith.
From Morwell, the baton went onto another relay leg and community celebration in Warragul.