Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Baton Hits the Beef Capital; the Queen's Baton Comes to Rocky

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Baton Hits the Beef Capital; the Queen's Baton Comes to Rocky

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Byline: Steph Allen Stephanie.Allen@capnews.com.au

BATONBEARERS

Kenrick Tucker, Kerri Meares, David Malone, Antonio Mann, Diana Wode, Timothy Griffin, Cienna Joyner, Darryl Schneider, Aaron Kelly, Kaylah Pattel, Grant Cassidy, Luke O'Donnell, Jack Quinton, Marge Brown, Corneel Vandelanotte, Molly Cottam, Jamie Simpson, Tanya Burnett, Elne Bezuidenhout, Mark Knowles, TBA, Craig McCormack, Dion Schloss, Alayna Schloss, Bradley Richards, Ellysia Davis, Jackson Hughes, Emilee Burness, Mathew O'Brien, Scott Neill, Caitlin Buttenshaw, Cameron Cuskelly, Suzanne Messmer, David Barber, Lachlan Hinchliffe, Drayden Marou, TBA.

WE HAVE joined forces with QSuper to bring readers the inspiring stories of local Central Queensland members taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay.

For the first time ever, the Queen's Baton will grace the Beef Capital today, with a bevy of well-known sporting names set to carry the baton throughout Rockhampton's streets.

Rockhampton man and a glazier at AB Glazing, Aaron Kelly, will be one of the first bearers taking on a leg of the relay at 3.48pm on HighSt.

When Mr Kelly was approached by Rockhampton Regional Council "out of the blue last year", he was "honoured" and knew something like this could "inspire" future young athletes of Rockhampton.

"I was born and bred here and have lived here all my life and my family is all from here," he said.

"I'm very honoured and very proud to be carrying the baton.

"I'm excited that my children will be able to be on the sideline and watch their dad do something that's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"This relay is great for Rockhampton and puts Rocky on the map."

To Mr Kelly, an event like this will show the rest of the world "a lot of great people come out of Rocky".

"This is an opportunity to celebrate how great we are as a community and put on a show for the Games baton relay," he said. …

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