Barry to carry baton

Southern Riverina news - - LOCALCLASSIES - ~ Anne Free­stone

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.

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