Tumut women selected as C’wealth Games batonbearers

Narelle Buckingham has been selected to carry the Queen’s Baton on its journey to the Commonwealth Games next year, along with Andrea Arragon.

Two Tumut women have been selected to carry the Queen’s Baton on part of its journey around the world before arriving at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

On January 28, Narelle Buckingham and Andrea Arragon will carry the baton as part of the Wagga delegation of batonbearers.

For Narelle, who is heavily involved in local sport and was nominated by a woman in her Aqua Class, finding out she will be a batonbearer was a welcome shock.

“It’s very exciting; it’s definitely an honour, and very unexpected!” she said.

“I knew I was nominated and I had to fill in some information, but I never expected to actually get the opportunity.

“I’ve been involved in sport all my life, so to be able to carry the baton is definitely a huge honour. I haven’t really said too much to anyone, because it’s almost a bit hard to believe.

“I’m like me, really?”

Narelle is the President of the Tumut Netball Association, as well as an umpire, player, and representative coach. She has also been a swimming coach, Learn to Swim teacher, and Aqua Instructor.

Andrea Arragon has also been heavily involved in local sport, being an organiser for the Adelong Hockey Club, Senior Rugby League, and Junior Cricket, among other achievements.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.