Kingaroy Batonbearers named for Commonwealth Games

Relay for Life chair Rowena Dionysius with the relay torch that has passed through towns across Queensland.
Relay for Life chair Rowena Dionysius with the relay torch that has passed through towns across Queensland. Will Hunter

THE Kingaroy Batonbearers for the 2018 Commonwealth Games have been announced.

Leading the 19-strong list is Rowena Dionysius and Craig Lucas.

The other Kingaroy Batonbearers are:

  • Floyd Aubrey from Murgon,
  • Amanda Austin from Wilsonton,
  • Pacey Clegg from Kingaroy,
  • Paul Clegg from Taabinga,
  • Stephen Copas from Wooroolin,
  • Gabrielle Duncombe from Cooyar,
  • Noel Edmondstone from Kingaroy,
  • Janita Langton from Cherbourg,
  • Heather Litzow from Kingaroy,
  • Ronald Mitchell from Gayndah,
  • Alison Murray from Kingaroy,
  • Kerryn O'Brien from Northgate,
  • Paige O'Connor from Wyalla,
  • Lex Petersen from Kingaroy,
  • Brenna Prendergast from Tingoora,
  • Zane Ratcliff from Gayndah and
  • Krishna Stanton from Gordon Park.

The Kingaroy Batonbearers join about 3800 Australian's nationwide.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the list of names, selected through a community nomination program, is a great reflection of Australia.

"The lists of names have been compiled by judging panels in each state and territory, allowing local knowledge to play the greatest possible role in the selection process,” the Premier said.

"The batonbearers recognise the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life, from ambitious 10-year- olds to humble volunteers and well-known Australians from a variety of fields.

"Collectively, our batonbearers will take more than a million steps through every state and territory, sharing the excitement of GC2018 with regional and remote communities.”

In a statement the Commonwealth Games said Rowena was chosen for a number of reasons.

Rowena has survived cancer not once, but twice. Rowena is the chairperson for the South Burnett Relay for Life and is very passionate about raising awareness and support for cancer.

She knows first-hand how to raise funds and knows they make a difference. Rowena works tirelessly to make a difference in our community.

Rowena has recently joined the Relay Coaching Partners team working hard to support other Relay volunteers in their roles. Rowena is dedicated and enthusiastic for the fight to find a cure for cancer.

Mr Lucas was also chosen for a multiple of reasons. Being disabled does not stop Craig from helping others and being involved in many organisation within the South Burnett community, giving back to others for the help they have offered him throughout his life. Craig has been involved with the South Burnett Senior Citizens Association Inc. (SBCare) for 29 years, as member of the board, and was awarded life member in 2015.

Craig has also been an active member of the Kingaroy Christmas Carnival Committee since 2012 and president since 2015; he is an active member of the Kingaroy Show Society, Chief Steward of the LEGO, Home Brew and Farm Produce sections.

The Baton will travel around Australia from January and arrive on the Gold Coast on April 4 for the opening ceremony.

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