Barry to carry baton
Barry Wilson (pictured) was thrilled to receive official notification recently that he has been selected as a ‘baton bearer’ for the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay, in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.
Barry was unaware that he had been nominated by his son Robert who resides at Buderim on the Queensland Sunshine Coast, supported by his wife Pat here in Finley.
His position will be in Yarrawonga on February 15, 2018; Relay Day 52 of the 100 day journey around Australia.
Some of the requirements for nomination were that the applicant has achieved something extraordinary or inspired someone to achieve extraordinary accomplishments; has made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within the community.
In the application, Robert stated Barry has always supported him in all sports he participated in. It wasn’t about being the best, but to get the best out of everything you do.
Barry has been involved in sport and community activities in Finley for many years and has held executive positions on most sporting bodies in the town.
He is currently a member of the Rotary Club, is one of the many volunteers maintaining the high standard of the Finley golf course, has coached the Under 14 football club to the Grand Final in 1986 and a premiership in 1989.
Other sports he has been involved in are tennis, basketball, indoor cricket and as a trustee of the Finley Lake Trust. His most recent achievement has been receiving the Berrigan Shire Council Australia Day Citizen of the Year 2017 Award for his contribution to the community.