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Three South West Hospital and Health Service staff will be among the baton bearers when the
Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton passes through the region in early March.

Roma Hospital Acting Assistant Director of Nursing Tracey Hansen and Aboriginal Liaison
Officer Lane Brookes both will run in the Roma portion of the baton relay on 7 March.

Charleville-based Occupation Health and Safety Manager Lawrie Usher will run in the
Augathella leg on 9 March.

They are among more than 3800 Queen’s Baton relay bearers Australia-wide.
Ms Hansen initially had planned just on watching from the sidelines as the Queen’s Baton
passed through Roma.

“But my daughter Tahni went and nominated me as a runner and, next thing I knew, I received a
letter saying my nomination had been successful,’’ Ms Hansen said.

“I’m a bit nervous but also very excited.

“I’m not a runner but I do try to keep fit through a fitness program at a local gym.’’

Ms Hansen said she understood each runner would carry the Queen’s Baton for about 200–300
metres before passing it on to the next runner.

Aboriginal Liaison Officer Lane Brookes said a number of people had nominated him to be a
baton carrier.

“But I only have to run the one leg – which is one of the first legs in Roma,’’ he said.
Mr Brookes said he had been playing a lot of football recently, which was keeping him in shape
for the run.

Charleville-based Occupational Health and Safety Manager Lawrie Usher said the chance to
participate in the Queen’s Baton relay was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“I am a long-time Charleville local who is very proud of his town and community and have seen
the town go through lots of tough times, including floods and drought.

“As such, I think it’s a great privilege for the towns of Charleville and Augathella to be chosen on
this journey and hope it is supported by the community.’’

Mr Usher said he was not doing any special training for the relay event.

“However, I am doing lots of cycling in preparation for the Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla bike
ride in April this year which covers a distance of 467 km over four days,’’ he said.

“I’m hoping this will stand me in good stead for the relay run.’’

South West Hospital and Health Service Interim Chief Executive Linda Patat congratulated Ms
Hansen, Mr Brookes and Mr Usher on their successful nominations to carry the baton.

“Our health service staff not only work in the communities they serve, they are also an integral
part of those communities,’’ she said.

“I commend Tracey, Lane and Lawrie as well as all the other dozens of members of our South
West communities who are taking part in this historic event for our region.’’

All Queen’s Baton bearers were required to be nominated by their peers for achievements and
contributions to their community.

The Queen’s Baton will be carried through Roma on 7 March before proceeding to Mitchell,
Morven and Charleville on 8 March and Augathella on 9 March.

It will then move to Tambo in the Central West to continue its journey.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games are being held on the Gold Coast from 4–15 April.

ENDS

For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au