Hills Queen's Baton Bearers Announced

The Queen's Baton is on track to visit the Adelaide Hills on its way to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with several locals receiving the honour of carrying it through their local district.

"It is wonderful to have local people who do so much for the Adelaide Hills community recognised with this honour" said Adelaide Hills Council Mayor, Bill Spragg.

"I'm especially pleased that Lobethal and Stirling will be the final South Australian stops before the baton flies to the next relay leg in Perth."

The relay will visit the Hills on Wednesday 21 February 2018, starting in Hahndorf, then on to Lobethal and, finally, Stirling.

Some of the local legends carrying the baton include:

Jarrad Burat (carrying in Lobethal)
Involved in Little Athletics from a young age, he has represented South Australia. Recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Jarrad is not letting his disease slow him down. 310 days after his transplant, he was back training at high jump.

Barry Klose OAM (carrying in Lobethal)
A resident of Lobethal, Barry has four supermarkets in the Hills that have employed  thousands of locals over the years.  He regularly donates to local schools, kindergartens and sporting clubs. He raises funds for local, state and interstate projects including new fencing for bushfire victims. Barry received an OAM in 2015.

Graham Davis (carrying in Stirling)
An active table tennis and tennis player in his early years, he delivered a "Let's Get  Active program" to over 100 local schools and communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) lands. In 2006 he introduced the program to Polynesian children on the Island of Niue, to help combat obesity.

Tom Feinle-Bisset (carrying in Stirling)
Tom was awarded Adelaide Hills Council's Citizen of the Year Award in 2016. He is heavily involved in 'Imagine Uraidla', a community-led initiative to revive the town and has been a member of the Uraidla and Stirling Market committees. Tom also helps with the Uraidla Netball Club and Uraidla Show. 

Setting off in Australia on 25 December 2017, the Baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory.

You can click here to read the full list of batonbearers around the nation.