Teacher in form for ba­ton

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - News - BY ROBERT MUIR

Fa­ther of six, youth­ful look­ing grand­fa­ther, Michael Price, a Year 3 teacher at Sa­cred Heart Pri­mary, is one of those hon­oured to have been cho­sen to carry the Queen’s Com­mon­wealth Games Ba­ton when it vis­its Yar­ra­wonga on Thurs­day 15th Fe­bru­ary next year.

It will be the 58-year-old’s sec­ond in­volve­ment with Olympics, fol­low­ing the role of Olympic ba­ton car­rier re­gard­ing the 2000 Syd­ney Olympic Games.

“What I love about Michael is that he’s such a com­mu­nity man for our com­mu­nity – he knows the school, the com­mu­nity, the par­ish. He’s just so con­nected,” Sa­cred Heart Pri­mary School Prin­ci­pal Arn Gor­man told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“He’s a mem­ber of our teach­ers relay team, up against the stu­dents. Michael’s per­for­mances have been ex­em­plary!

“Since Rich­mond won the flag, it’s in­spired him to be bet­ter.”

Michael’s friends Mick Law­less, Mau­rice Cough­lan and Ge­off (Pis­tol) Hicks have no doubt about the school teacher’s fit­ness and abil­ity to run the 200 me­tres at a lively pace.

In fact, to en­sure a scin­til­lat­ing run, Michael’s school col­leagues Caity O’Dwyer and Kate Bar­ton have for­mu­lated an ex­haus­tive range of ex­er­cises for elite ath­letes.

He is also over­see­ing the pro­gram of teacher col­league Jen Sa­giadak who has also been cho­sen to run with the Queen’s ba­ton.

“I am very proud that two of our teach­ers have been se­lected to run with the ba­ton,” Ms Gor­man said.

“Ob­vi­ously peo­ple get the role be­cause of how they’re seen in the com­mu­nity and their pas­sion for it. Their se­lec­tion epit­o­mises the qual­ity of teach­ers we have here.”

Michael’s fam­ily have a unit on the Gold Coast. “The in­fra­struc­ture which is be­ing con­structed is world class and will take the Gold Coast into the next decades with fab­u­lous fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“There is no doubt that the qual­ity and cal­i­bre of the Gold Coast fa­cil­i­ties will con­tinue to pro­mote the area as one of Aus­tralia’s pre­miere hol­i­day and life­style des­ti­na­tions.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to run­ning with the ba­ton and in the mean­time I’m obey­ing all my ad­vis­ers’ train­ing in­struc­tions.”

Teacher Michael Price sur­rounded by stu­dents who are also thrilled their teacher will run with the Queen’s ba­ton.

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