Bal­catta’s ba­ton bearer

BAL­CATTA teenager Ja­cob Hris­tianopou­los (14) will be part of the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay as it makes its way through Scar­bor­ough on Fe­bru­ary 25 ahead of the Com­mon­wealth Games.

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Bal­catta ath­lete Ja­cob Hris­tianopou­los is used to run­ning, but a 200m run in Scar­bor­ough prom­ises a once in a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence for the teenager.

The 14-year-old has been cho­sen as a ba­ton bearer for the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay as it makes its way through Perth ahead of the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

Ja­cob, who at­tends Church­lands Se­nior High School, started Lit­tle Ath­let­ics when he was 10.

He is in just his sec­ond year of com­pet­ing and re­cently won the long and triple jump un­der-16 ti­tles at the State Track and Field Cham­pi­onships, which qual­i­fies him for the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in March.

“I’m ex­cited and it’s re­ward­ing know­ing I have put in lot of hard work and sac­ri­fices fol­low­ing a year of in­juries and set­backs,” he said.

“I en­joy the thrill of jump­ing higher and fur­ther with ev­ery jump.”

Ja­cob will be car­ry­ing the ba­ton about 200m along West Coast High­way as it ar­rives in Scar­bor­ough on Fe­bru­ary 25.

“I feel proud and ex­cited to be a part of this at a home Com­mon­wealth Games,” he said.

“I’m hon­oured for this once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence.

“(I’m look­ing for­ward) to shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence with spec­ta­tors that come out to watch dur­ing the re­lay.”

From West Coast High­way, the re­lay will travel to the Es­planade and stop at Scar­bor­ough Beach Am­phithe­atre for a short com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion at 2.39pm.

Stir­ling Mayor Mark Irwin said it was an hon­our for the City of Stir­ling to be in­volved.

“We are de­lighted to be part of this rare op­por­tu­nity to show­case our world class coast­line and we are so proud of our ba­ton bear­ers that have helped shape our di­verse com­mu­nity,” he said.

“I en­cour­age the lo­cal com­mu­nity to get in­volved, join in and cheer on our lo­cal le­gends who have been cho­sen to rep­re­sent the City.”

There are 23 peo­ple tak­ing part in the Scar­bor­ough leg of the re­lay.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d479259

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