Proud mo­ment for ‘lo­cal le­gend’

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - By James Ben­nett

Finley’s Barry Wil­son said tak­ing part in the Com­mon­wealth Games Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay was a day he’d never for­get.

Mr Wil­son proudly car­ried the ba­ton for 200 me­tres through the streets of Yar­ra­wonga on Thurs­day, cheered on by hun­dreds of peo­ple in­clud­ing a con­tin­gent of Finley lo­cals who made the trip specif­i­cally in sup­port of the lo­cal sporting vol­un­teer.

‘‘It was great to be cheered on by those who came to sup­port me,’’ Mr Wil­son said.

‘‘The whole set-up was fab­u­lous. The or­gan­is­ers couldn’t have been more help­ful, al­ways ac­com­mo­dat­ing me if I needed any­thing.’’

The ba­ton re­lay is trav­el­ling through Aus­tralian cities and towns on its way to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games, which start April 5.

Mr Wil­son was among 20 other nom­i­nated ‘lo­cal leg­ends’ from across the re­gion to take part in the Yar­ra­wonga leg.

He thanked his fam­ily, friends and the Finley com­mu­nity for their sup­port.

Mr Wil­son was nom­i­nated for the re­lay by his son Robert for his ded­i­ca­tion to Finley sport in­clud­ing foot­ball, cricket, golf and Lit­tle Ath­let­ics.

Barry Wil­son waves to the crowd dur­ing his Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay leg on Thurs­day.

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