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The search is on for “worthy” baton holders

By Kerces - 19 July 2005 18

You are invited to be part of the Commonwealth Games baton relay — but only if you’re worthy. Stanhope’s release about this is below.

So what is worthy? Well according to the official baton website, you have to have either:

– performed major feats of individual accomplishment against the odds;
– made outstanding acts of generosity or kindness;
– made a contribution to the benefit of his or her community;
– been a role model or mentor, or made a special contribution to the lives of others;
– undertaken voluntary work or contributed to schools or youth groups; or
– embodied pride and community values.

You also have to be a permanent resident and be aged over 12 years (although I don’t think many people younger than 12 years old would be able to meet the criteria).

So if this sounds like you, you are deemed worthy so what are you waiting for? There’s only eight weeks left to nominate in!

WANTED: WORTHY CANBERRANS FOR BATON RELAY

Who should represent the ACT in the Queen’s Baton Relay in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne next year?

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope is throwing open the challenge to every Canberran to come up with the names of individuals who truly stand for this city – ordinary Canberrans with extraordinary lives and extraordinary stories.

“Fewer than eight weeks remain until nominations close for community runners who will participate in the relay,” Mr Stanhope said today. “The judging panel is looking for individuals who embody many of the community values that make the national capital so great – role models, mentors, those whose outstanding acts of generosity and kindness we so admire, but that so often go formally unrecognised.

“I urge everyone to think of those special Canberrans who deserve a moment in the spotlight.”

Nomination forms, including the judging criteria and background information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, can be found at http://www.queensbatonrelay.telstra.com/index.aspx. The nomination period ends on 9 September.

The Commonwealth Games runs from March 15 to 26 next year. The Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Canberra on February 25 before flying to Broken Hill. It returns to the national capital on February 27.

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18 Responses to
The search is on for “worthy” baton holders
kimba 11:27 am 20 Jul 05

I bet comrade Stanhope will get is grubby little hand on the Baton.

Save the Ridge – yeah I hope the road is built so the Baton can be run through the Ridge!

ssanta 10:58 am 20 Jul 05

Save The Ridge?

Thumper 10:54 am 20 Jul 05

Spectra is correct. We’re all worthy as the Great Man told us we’re all Canberrans of the Year…

Spectra 10:46 am 20 Jul 05

Wait a sec – aren’t we all citizens of the year? Man, that makes 320,000 worthy people right there…

Absent Diane 10:34 am 20 Jul 05

George Gregan for always going blindside and seriously giving me the shits… I just wanna see him try and go blindside with the baton

Thumper 10:19 am 20 Jul 05

Simon Woolford for outstanding leadership….

Ralph 10:14 am 20 Jul 05

Don’t forget Gareth Higgins, for his outstanding legal gymnastics.

gingermick 10:08 am 20 Jul 05

I am nominating Pat Carr and that Aidan Grafitti fellow.

Absent Diane 10:02 am 20 Jul 05

Commonwealth Games = No waterpolo, no euro handball…which = not interested….

Thumper 9:39 am 20 Jul 05

Its the bloody Commonwealth games for Christs sake. ie, Australia shits on everyone, wins a zillion medals, everyonre gets bored hearing Advance Australia Fair, the other countries get really jacked off, and lots of beer gets drunk.

What has it got to do with Canberra?

Zip, zilch, nothing, nought, zero, etc…

Maelinar 9:36 am 20 Jul 05

Good point Bulldog, I have always wondered why we keep on repeating this ‘must run stupid item around world, but this time we’ll do something completely unexpected like take it into space, or underwater’ ideology.

I had just put it down to the fact that nobody’s got any new ideas anymore, just interpretations and sleights of old ones.

Now Jetpacks – I can already see the rules of Quiddich being interpreted into that one…

Or how about putting a lump of ore into the stratosphere, and being soooo precise that it burns up on reentry to a small burning fragment and lights the olympic flame. Now that would be proving your a smart cookie of a nation.

bulldog 9:07 am 20 Jul 05

Why are we having the crappy Commonwealth torch pass through here anyway? And why do the Commonwealth Games even need a torch? Can’t the Olympics people copyright that sh*t?

In short, does anyone really give a damn about this?

Ralph 8:57 am 20 Jul 05

What would be even more insulting is the fact the Commonwealth Games are so half-arsed. It would only be fitting if all the MLAs from our half-arsed local government got a go too.

Maelinar 8:42 am 20 Jul 05

But JB you fit precisely within the clause;

– been a role model or mentor, or made a special contribution to the lives of others

Afterall – what is the Riot Act other than a special contribution to the lives of others…

johnboy 11:10 pm 19 Jul 05

“embodied pride and community values.”

That would be the out clause for allowing any old person they like in.

In swear if any bastard nominated me to this wank i’d kill them.

no amount of spin will cover for melbourne’s inferiority complex.

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