Re­lay takes to the wa­ter

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

MANI Biss­chops (17) will be the first ever kitesurfer to carry the Queen’s ba­ton for the Com­mon­wealth Games when he flies over the wa­ter on his kite-pow­ered hy­dro­foil board from Scar­bor­ough to Trigg beaches on

Sun­day. More than 200 peo­ple will take turns car­ry­ing the ba­ton through Perth this week­end when the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay passes through on its jour­ney around Aus­tralia be­fore the Gold Coast games in April.

It is ex­pected to at­tract thou­sands of spec­ta­tors as lo­cal com­mu­nity and sport­ing he­roes carry it around Perth.

A DARCH mother and son will share in the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay ex­pe­ri­ence in Wanneroo on Mon­day.

Del­yse ‘Dee’ Clay­den and her son Ethan (12) will both be ba­ton bear­ers in the Fe­bru­ary 26 leg as the re­lay trav­els around Aus­tralia in the lead up to the Com­mon­wealth Games.

“It’s go­ing to be very spe­cial,” she said.

“The fact that we go to­gether, it’s some­thing that we all re­main to­gether for a long long time.

“He was re­ally chuffed about get­ting ac­cepted.

“My hus­band has bought us a sou­venir ba­ton each – that’s one of the mem­o­ries.”

Mrs Clay­den said her hus­band Roo nom­i­nated her for the vol­un­teer work she does with Ash­dale Spe­cial Fam­i­lies, and she nom­i­nated their son for his role car­ing for a sib­ling with spe­cial needs.

The mother-of-three said the re­lay would co­in­cide with Roo’s birth­day so all the fam­ily would take the day off, in­clud­ing daugh­ter Bri­anna (10) and son James (8).

Mrs Clay­den said the group wanted to raise aware­ness about the needs of sib­lings to chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

“Long af­ter the par­ents are gone, the sib­lings take over the car­ing role,” she said.

Mrs Clay­den said she spent a lot of time help­ing her daugh­ter, who has autism, and Ethan, who at­tends Ash­dale Sec­ondary Col­lege, al­ways felt the need to per­form well.

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Ba­ton bearer Mani Biss­chops. Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Del­yse Clay­den with son Ethan. Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d479536

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