Games ba­ton hon­our for Stu­art, Howlett

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Tay­lar Amonini

Two Hed­land lo­cals will join the thou­sands of other Aus­tralians to carry the Queen’s ba­ton on its jour­ney to the 2018 Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

Ten-year-old Stu­art Wil­son and for­mer Mayor Kelly Howlett will be among 3600 oth­ers to bear the ba­ton across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Olympians Dawn Fraser, Grant Hack­ett and Sally Pear­son.

The ba­ton will ar­rive in WA on Fe­bru­ary 22 and will spend six days trav­el­ling through 19 com­mu­ni­ties, start­ing in Al­bany and fin­ish­ing in Kar­ratha.

Stu­art, who was nom­i­nated for the op­por­tu­nity by mum Monique, has be­come a mini leg­end in his school, St Ce­cilia’s Catholic Pri­mary School.

De­spite be­ing a mem­ber of lit­tle ath­let­ics, the Hed­land Gym­nas­tics Club and be­ing a squad swim­mer, Stu­art said he wanted to walk his leg when it came to make the mo­ment last as long as pos­si­ble.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited that I get to have this op­por­tu­nity and I get to go and be one of the peo­ple to hold the ba­ton,” he said.

“When the deputy prin­ci­pal told the whole school I felt re­ally spe­cial be­cause I got to stand up and fi­nally tell ev­ery­one.”

Be­ing the bub­bly and en­er­getic child he is, Stu­art said the hard­est part about the whole process was keep­ing it a se­cret un­til the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment last week.

“Telling my friends was fun be­cause ev­ery­one was like ‘I can’t be­lieve it’ which was re­ally cool,” he said.

Stu­art will also be joined by for­mer mayor and only other Hed­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kelly Howlett in the once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity. The two Hed­land rep­re­sen­ta­tives will also join Amanda Az­zopardi, Mad­di­son Baker, Leah Black, Matthew Bushby, Steven Cook, Stu­art Dale, Adam Gille­spie, Mar­cus Hadley, Nick Hall, Tracy Kitch­ing, Gavin O’Brien, Amelia Red­den, Jes­sica Richards, Gemma Rodgers, Dale Scott, Natasha Shires, Brooke Turner and Rus­sell Turner.

The two lo­cals will get their 15 min­utes of in­ter­na­tional fame on Fe­bru­ary 27 when the ba­ton ar­rives in the Pil­bara.

Stu­art and Ms Howlett will join the 18 other rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Kar­ratha.

LEFT: 10-year-old Stu­art Wil­son

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