Proud moment for ‘local legend’
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.