Tuck­shop man to carry ba­ton

Com­mon­wealth Games call a ‘dream come true’

Central Queensland News - - SPORT - Aden Stokes Aden.Stokes@cqnews.com.au

EMER­ALD lo­cal Ted Pe­ters has been heav­ily in­volved in the com­mu­nity from the mo­ment he first stepped foot in town.

Mr Pe­ters, who has been selected as a 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games ba­ton­bearer, has been a mem­ber of nu­mer­ous sport­ing clubs over the years, such as swim­ming, soc­cer and water sports, as well as be­ing heav­ily in­volved in the lo­cal Angli­can Church and Emer­ald State School.

Last year he cel­e­brated 17 years of vol­un­teer­ing at Emer­ald State School’s tuck­shop.

“I had lost my daugh­ter’s mum in a car ac­ci­dent and I was left to raise her by my­self,” Mr Pe­ters said.

“When she started school, they were ask­ing for peo­ple to do read­ing groups and tuck­shop, so I signed up for both.

“I was de­ter­mined to fill both roles, mum and dad, and was work­ing shift work, so I had days off through the week.

“I was on the tuck­shop ros­ter for 17 years, they used to say I was Tuck­shop Ted.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence, it was won­der­ful work­ing with the other vol­un­teers and the tuck­shop con­venors.

“I be­lieve it is also good for the kids to see a man do that kind of role.”

He is the kind of man that would be in­volved in what­ever his kids were into.

This led him and his wife, Michelle, to be­ing made life mem­bers of Emer­ald Seals Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club, which he de­scribes as a “won­der­ful achieve­ment”.

Mr Pe­ters has lived in Emer­ald for 33 years and said he was over­whelmed when he found out he was go­ing to be part of the his­toric ba­ton-car­ry­ing team as it made its way through re­gional Queens­land be­fore ar­riv­ing on the Gold Coast for the open­ing cer­e­mony.

“I was over­whelmed when I found out and near brought to tears,” he said.

“When you do com­mu­nity work you don’t do it for recog­ni­tion. To be recog­nised and to read the nom­i­na­tion let­ter that a dear friend had writ­ten about me, it was re­ally spe­cial.

“I am chuffed to be rep­re­sent­ing the com­mu­nity in this once-in-a-life­time event.”

He said it would change his life, be­cause he would be do­ing some­thing only a hand­ful of peo­ple had done.

“You never get in­volved with the com­mu­nity for any ac­co­lades,” he said.

“For some­thing like this to come up, quite un­ex­pect­edly, it shows that some­one is notic­ing what you do and it is a sweet re­ward for those of us who are for­tu­nate enough to be recog­nised, it is truly won­der­ful.

“I’ll have this mem­ory for the rest of my life.”

He said while the ba­ton re­lay would prob­a­bly feel like it was over be­fore it started, what a won­der­ful mo­ment it would be.

“I’ve never done any­thing like this be­fore in my life, I’ve never been con­sid­ered for any­thing like this be­fore in my life and never, ever ex­pected to be,” he said.

“This truly is a dream come true.”

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COM­MU­NITY MINDED: Emer­ald Seals Swim­ming Club mem­bers Ned, Ted and Harry Pe­ters.

Ted Pe­ters has been selected to be a ba­ton­bearer for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

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