From sporting greats such as Melinda Gainsford-Taylor to media personalities like David Koch and local community stalwarts Donna Jaensch-Brown and Denise Edwards, there will be many hands transporting the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton throughout South Australia early next year.
People from around Australia, and other Commonwealth countries, were nominated as worthy recipients of the honour as they cumulatively would have taken more than a million steps to deliver the baton at the Gold Coast on April 4, next year.
From the Murraylands and Mallee, eight people were nominated to represent their communities.
From Murray Bridge there is Jarrad Burat and Donna Jaensch-Brown and Tailem Bend is represented by Denise Edwards and Leah Kowald.
Shayla Charlton, of Tintinara, will take part as well as Christine Jenzen of Pinnaroo and Clarry and Zack Martin of Keith.
Mrs Jaensch-Brown, of Inner Soul Physical Rehabilitation, was nominated by her husband Damian who said he was overjoyed that she accepted his nomination.
“I really think Donna is inspiration in everything she does and she deserved to be acknowledged and rewarded for the work she does,” he said.
“I nominated her because she’s always been big on giving back to the community and I see it through just about everything she does, inside and outside of the business.”
Mrs Jaensch-Brown said she is thrilled to represent Murray Bridge during her baton leg in February.
“I was fortunate enough to represent Australia in power lifting in 1995-1996 and the support I received from this town was amazing,” she said.
“This will be a way to give back and say thank you for all of the times I was supported years ago and how I’m still supported now,” she said.
The Queen’s Baton will arrive in South Australia on February 18 next year at Renmark, and will make its way to the Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, and the Adelaide Hills before heading off to Western Australia on February 21.