The Queen’s Baton Relay will reach the Great Lakes on Friday, February 2, with a number of batonbearers from across the region carrying it through town.
Each runner will carry the baton for 200 metres on day 39 on the 100 day journey across Australia.
Locals are advised to note road closures around the area on the day, with all roads along the route closed at various times throughout th event.
Among the local batonbearers is 10 year old Jordan Brown. Jordan is a bright and quirky young man who has autism.
He excelled in a number of areas such as ICAS (Independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement) competitions.
He placed in the top 1 per cent of Australia in both science and mathematics.
Jordan loves dancing, soccer and singing. He has represented his school in futsal, soccer, dance, choir, cross country, athletics and swimming.
He was age champion at his recent swimming carnival. Jordan has had and continues to have many obstacles to overcome. He is an inspiration to others as he strives to excel despite his disability.
Jennefer Trott is another Great Lakes resident who will be running with the baton, at 5.18pm.
Jennefer is an active member of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and is the youngest person ever in the Mid North Coast region to qualify as a crew leader.
She is involved in RFS community engagement work as well as working with local officers to run school cadet programs in the region’s high schools. She has been a training officer in Nabiac brigade for the past three years and is always willing to assist new and younger members.
Alongside this, she is an active member of the Nabiac RSL assisting veterans and the welfare of their families.
Jennefer also runs her own business supplying cakes and pastry items to bakeries and retailing them at local markets. She is extremely community minded.
See the image above for a full list of runners, and the one below for the route the baton will travel on Friday.