In An­zacs’ foot­steps

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

BAI­LEY Roth will travel from Eidsvold to the bat­tle­fields ofWestern Europe and Gal­lipoli, see­ing where his great-great-grand­fa­ther died in the FirstWorldWar, after he was named as a win­ner in the 2015 Premier’s Anzac Prize.

The com­pe­ti­tion re­quired stu­dents to pro­duce a twoto five-minute mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tion ex­plor­ing how the Anzac tra­di­tion has shaped Aus­tralia.

“To walk the same ground that my great-great-grand­fa­ther walked is a goal that I had set for my­self years ago,” Bai­ley, 15, said.

“I hope to use the ex­pe­ri­ence to in­flu­ence my lo­cal com­mu­nity to un­der­stand what is the cen­tral premise of my video.

“That the legacy we have in­her­ited from the Anzac tra­di­tion and spirit is that we must give ser­vice to oth­ers where and when we can, and we must do this in the spirit of mate­ship, with per­se­ver­ance, re­silience, courage and a sense of hu­mour.”

Premier Camp­bell New­man said stu­dents across Queens­land would ben­e­fit from the op­por­tu­nity to im­merse them­selves in the spirit of Anzac.

“The Anzac story is so im­por­tant to Aus­tralia and we’re ex­cited that th­ese stu­dents will be able to learn more about it in this way,” Mr New­man said.

The 70 win­ners will tour Turkey, Bel­gium and France for two weeks from April 22.

Bai­ley’s mother Melissa said it would be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for her son to see the place where so many young Aus­tralians died for his right to call this coun­try home.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ANZAC WIN­NER: Bai­ley Roth will be among the 70 Queens­land stu­dents to visit Gal­lipoli next year to mark Anzac Day.

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