Perth ba­ton run­ners

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

A PALMYRA res­i­dent nom­i­nated to carry the Queen’s Ba­ton in the build up to the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games says he is keen to make the most of ev­ery step.

Ed­ward Nee­sham (74) is one of 3800 Aus­tralians who will carry the ba­ton on the Fre­man­tle leg of its 100-day jour­ney across the coun­try prior to the games on the Gold Coast.

“My sis­ter-in-law car­ried the ba­ton lead­ing up to the Syd­ney games and we watched it go past,” Mr Nee­sham said.

“It was great to watch the com­mu­nity come to­gether and great to take a bit of the mun­dane out of the av­er­age day.”

Mr Nee­sham, brother of AFL iden­tity Ger­ard, is a Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia re­cip­i­ent for his ser­vice to wa­ter polo through the Melville Wa­ter Polo Club and

FRE­MAN­TLE the West­ern Aus­tralian Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion.

But it is his gen­eros­ity in the com­mu­nity that helped him win over the judges for the honour.

“Our par­ents and grand­par­ents showed us by ex­am­ple how im­por­tant it is to be in­volved in the com­mu­nity,” he said. “We saw it as the re­ward­ing thing to do.”

Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said

names were se­lected by judg­ing pan­els in each state and ter­ri­tory.

Since its launch from Buck­ing­ham Palace in March, the ba­ton has vis­ited Africa, the Caribbean, Amer­ica, and Europe, and is cur­rently in Malaysia.

It will be taken through the re­main­ing 15 Com­mon­wealth na­tions in Asia and Ocea­nia be­fore ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia on Christ­mas Eve. It should be in Perth in Fe­bru­ary.

Ed­ward Nee­sham will be among those car­ry­ing the ba­ton in Perth.

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