Lynn Hill is Barossa's 2018 Australia Day Ambassador

Ambassador again: Lynn Hill was presented with a pin for being an Australia Day ambassador in Mannum in 2014. Photo: File.
Ambassador again: Lynn Hill was presented with a pin for being an Australia Day ambassador in Mannum in 2014. Photo: File.

The co-founder of a dragon boat racing group for survivors of breast cancer, Lynn Hill, will help lead the Barossa Valley’s Australia Day celebrations in Tanunda on January 26.    

The PR officer of Murray Bridge’s dragon boat group is among about 30 past Australian of the Year award recipients who will take part in organised celebrations hosted across the state.

Run under the Australia Day ambassador program, it is an opportunity for all Australians, particularly those in regional areas, to meet and gain inspiration from achievers who come from all walks of life.

Mrs Hill, who became an Australia Day ambassador in 2014, said she looked forward to her visit to the Barossa and to sharing her connection to the region through her paternal grandmother, Johanna Helene Adelheide Hempel, born in Daveyston in 1883.

Diagnosed with breast cancer before her 50th birthday, Mrs Hill has been involved with dragon boat racing since 2001 and has helped set up teams in Malaysia. 

She is also the PR officer for cancer survivor dragon boat teams in Adelaide, Malaysia and Murray Bridge..

Further to this, she was presented the COTA Every Generation award in 2012 for promoting involvement in physical activity for the over 50s.

Ambassadors further include actors, musicians, community leaders and media personalities who are role models in communities to enhance local celebrations around the state as well as increase awareness of what the day means.

“Australia Day is a time of year to get together,” Australia Day Council of SA interim executive officer Emma Chidlow said. 

“These great Australians bring their experiences and stories to local communities, adding another element to local celebrations.

“Australia Day ambassadors are also given insight into the local traditions and attractions by the local communities they visit.”

These great Australians bring their experiences and stories to local communities, adding another element to local celebrations.

Emma Chidlow

The Barossa Council will host a free breakfast celebration at the Tanunda Show Hall on Elizabeth Street on Friday, January 26.

The Murraylands’ councils will also hold their own Australia Day celebrations.

  • Tickets: 8563 8444.
  • More information: barossa.sa.gov.au, mid-murray.sa.gov.au, murraybridge.sa.gov.au, dckem.sa.gov.au, coorong.sa.gov.au.