Gallery: Baton bearers bask in streets of praise

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times

Hundreds of people turned out last week to cheer on the region’s selected baton bearers as they took part in the Queen’s Baton Relay as it came through Manjimup and Bridgetown ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The baton started its Lower South West journey in Manjimup on Thursday afternoon and finished in Bridgetown on Friday morning before heading to Bunbury.

The region’s baton bearers were among 3800 chosen Australia-wide while it visited 180 communities across the country.

Nicole Napier of Karrinyup got a huge reception as she ran past St Brigid’s Primary School in Bridgetown.
Camera IconNicole Napier of Karrinyup got a huge reception as she ran past St Brigid’s Primary School in Bridgetown. Credit: Karen Hunt / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Following the relay in Manjimup during the official ceremony, final baton bearer Denise Jenkins said it had been an honour to be part of the relay.

“I feel wonderful, this is a memory I’ve got for my children and my grandchildren,” she said.

“I just hope that people around Australia get a little glimpse of our bit of paradise.” Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei said he was delighted to welcome the baton to Manjimup and thanked the organisers for choosing the town as a host community.

Boyup Brook’s Jodi Nield makes her way up Steere Street towards Bridgetown High during the baton relay.
Camera IconBoyup Brook’s Jodi Nield makes her way up Steere Street towards Bridgetown High during the baton relay. Credit: Karen Hunt / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

“I am immensely proud of our baton bearers and the role they have taken today,” he said.

“Many have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others and some have accomplished great feats.”

More pictures from the event:

Bridgetown’s Di Hollett is glitter bombed by Mitre 10 staff as she runs down Steere Street opposite the store.
Camera IconBridgetown’s Di Hollett is glitter bombed by Mitre 10 staff as she runs down Steere Street opposite the store. Credit: Karen Hunt / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
Bridgetown baton bearers Margie Ward (Wagin), Graeme Campbell (Bridgetown), Leonie Eastcott (Greenbushes), Neil Hornby (Bridgetown), Paula Reid (Kojonup), Mark Regan (Narrogin), Jodi Nield (Boyup Brook), Nicole Napier (Karrinyup) Sinead Jameson (Bridgetown), Di Hollett (Bridgetown) and Jennie Linto pictured in Memorial Park after the relay.
Camera IconBridgetown baton bearers Margie Ward (Wagin), Graeme Campbell (Bridgetown), Leonie Eastcott (Greenbushes), Neil Hornby (Bridgetown), Paula Reid (Kojonup), Mark Regan (Narrogin), Jodi Nield (Boyup Brook), Nicole Napier (Karrinyup) Sinead Jameson (Bridgetown), Di Hollett (Bridgetown) and Jennie Linto pictured in Memorial Park after the relay. Credit: Karen Hunt / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
Picture: Tari Jeffers.
Camera IconPicture: Tari Jeffers. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
Jenny Donaldson and Anastasia Umeh hug as they pass the baton between them.
Camera IconJenny Donaldson and Anastasia Umeh hug as they pass the baton between them. Credit: Shannon Bochenek / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
Guy Dillon (confirm) receives the baton on Giblett Street.
Camera IconGuy Dillon (confirm) receives the baton on Giblett Street. Credit: Shannon Bochenek / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
Pat ___ (check) began the Manjimup leg of the relay, running from the recreation centre.
Camera IconPat ___ (check) began the Manjimup leg of the relay, running from the recreation centre. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
Picture: Shannon Bochenek.
Camera IconPicture: Shannon Bochenek. Credit: Shannon Bochenek / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

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