Meet the Queen's Ba­ton Re­lay bear­ers and find out where to cel­e­brate the re­lay in Mid­land and Guild­ford on Mon­day

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

IN­DIGE­NOUS women’s health cam­paigner Jenni Cur­tis will rep­re­sent the spirit of the Com­mon­wealth Games along with school prin­ci­pal Ray Boyd when they join ba­ton bear­ers for the City of Swan leg of the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay.

Close friend Mechelle Tur­vey nom­i­nated Mrs Cur­tis ( 53), of Les­mur­die, to take her place among the proud ba­ton bear­ers.

“I’m ab­so­lutely stunned and very ner­vous about it all; it’s such an hon­our,” she said.

She be­gan her fit­ness jour­ney after she was di­ag­nosed with a chronic ill­ness and went on to launch a health and well­be­ing group for in­dige­nous women about four years ago.

The self- help group is called Yok Dgakoooor­liny, which means women run­ning, and it’s a place where women are en­cour­aged to “just get out there and have a go”.

“We train near the Bur­swood play­ground at the Swan River ev­ery Wed­nes­day and it gives us a chance to chat and off­load the day, as well as ex­er­cise,” Mrs Cur­tis said.

The women take part in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions and are in train­ing for the SunS­mart Women’s Triathlon in March.

Mrs Cur­tis is best known for es­tab­lish­ing the in­dige­nous pro­gram Par­ent Fac­tor and in 2014 she was in­ducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

West Beech­boro Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Ray Boyd ( 51) was nom­i­nated by teach­ing col­league Rachael Lehr.

The for­mer WA Pri­mary School Teacher of the Year, who lives in Park­erville, was com­mended for the award be­cause of his out­stand­ing lead­er­ship abil­ity.

For more, visit www. gc2018. com/ qbr.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d479547

Jenni Cur­tis ( left) with Mechelle Wil­son- Tur­vey.

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