The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has announced Reuben Batten, Maggie Beer AM and James Graetz as the local batonbearers from the Barossa community who will carry the Queen’s Baton during the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Reuben (pictured above), who is The Barossa Council Citizen of the Year, has displayed an incredible commitment and passion to his Lyndoch community, earning him the title of “Mr Lyndoch”.
Reuben’s tireless community efforts have helped Lyndoch flourish, and have seen him front and centre at successful community events, from the Lyndoch Christmas Party to the Santos Tour Down Under. Always one to put his hand up, Reuben has played, umpired
and coached many aspiring young basketball players as well as being an active CFS volunteer for 15 years.
He is a well-known, respected community member described as “a great role model and a real friend to all”.
James Graetz who is South Australia’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award recipient for 2017, has displayed unrelenting commitment to the Keyneton community and beyond for 50 years. He is an upstanding community member, committed to
numerous organisations including education, agriculture and the CFS.
The Barossa’s own celebrity chef, Maggie Beer AM joins many other well-known Australian identities who will help carry the baton on its 40,000km journey across Australia.
The Barossa community will have the opportunity to engage with the Baton when it travels through Angaston on 18 February.
Stay tuned to Council’s website and Facebook page for the release of street level and community Queen’s Baton Relay celebration details in mid November.
Mayor Bob Sloane said “I am immensely proud of our batonbearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s baton comes to town. Being a batonbearer recognises all of their achievements, and more.”
Mayor Sloane is encouraging the Barossa community to support our batonbearers and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton themselves.