Di Wallace-Ward has been selected as a batonbearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held on the Gold Coast next year. Thousands of local legends will share the dream and carry the Queen’s Baton with pride. Nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, these batonbearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great.
“The feeling is so surreal, hasn’t really sunk in yet, but feel deeply honoured by this amazing opportunity,” she said. “I better start practising some running training and baton changes!”
Di has inspired countless individuals by being a pioneer of women in Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA) and Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).
Di has won, and continues to win, an impressive tally of 273 medals at World, Australian and State Titles. Di was presented to the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1983 for her competitive and volunteering services to SLSSA. In 2016, she became the first women to be inducted into the SLSSA Hall of Fame.
Di is a guest speaker and motivator, a mentor at SLSSA Youth Development Camps and delivers a Surf Awareness/Life Safety programs to a broad range of community members all with diverse backgrounds.
The Queen’s Baton Relay started on 13 March 2017, Commonwealth Day, at Buckingham Palace. The Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony.
After visiting all Commonwealth nations and territories the Baton will arrive in Australia and start the final leg of its journey on 25 December 2017. It will travel the length and breadth of the country for 100 days through every state and territory, showcasing our history, culture, traditions, geography and people to the world.
The final batonbearer will return the Baton to The Queen or Her representative, who will remove the message and read it aloud to declare the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games open.
The Baton will visit South Australia briefly in January 2018, before making a more thorough tour in February. You can find out more information about the Relay here.