Junior athletes pass the baton

By Grace Jones | posted on October 28, 2017

TWO junior athletes will follow in their coach’s footsteps when they run in the Albany leg of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton relay.

Ten-year-old Tilly Greer and 14-year-old Eleanor Barnett will be carrying the baton on February 22 before it makes its next stop in Denmark.

“I’m so excited to be running in the Queen’s relay,” Eleanor said.

“My coach did the relay a few years ago and still has his shirt and little baton.”

The Albany Senior High School student is a regular in state and national athletics championships.

“I’m pretty involved with athletics and do plenty of training for competitions,” she said.

“I really like doing my 200m, 400m and 800m sprints. I’m not really a long-distance runner.

Tilly is currently overcoming an ankle reconstruction, but will be ready to go for the relay.

Her preferred event is discus, but she has also proven handy at shotput and javelin in her stint at Little Athletics.

Former Olympian and 1974 British Commonwealth games athlete Peter Watson MLA will also be running in the Queen’s Baton relay.

He will join the list of 39 participants from Albany, Denmark and Mount Barker taking part in the relay.

The baton is well on its way to its final destination at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast for the opening ceremony of the Games on April 4, as it makes its way through 70 nations and territories over the 388-day journey through the Commonwealth.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be Australia’s fifth time hosting the event.

Nominated athletes have been carrying the Queen’s Baton since leaving Buckingham Palace on March 13 and running across the globe to bring the baton to Canberra in December to begin its journey through Australia.

The baton is currently in Singapore until Tuesday next week, and will pass on to the Republic of Nauru on November 1.

You can follow the baton’s journey on www.gc2018.com/qbr.