A paralympian and a citizenship ceremony

Paralympian swimmer Taylor Corry won 2 silver medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in  London for 100 metre backstroke and 200 metre freestyle. Photo supplied
Paralympian swimmer Taylor Corry won 2 silver medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London for 100 metre backstroke and 200 metre freestyle. Photo supplied

Gloucester is getting ready to celebrate Australia Day on Friday, January 26.

The morning will include an Australia Day breakfast, a speech from Australia Day Ambassador paralympian swimmer Taylor Corry, award presentations and a Citizenship Ceremony.

Ms Corry will address the crowd with an inspirational speech as part of the Australia Day Ambassador Program designed to support the growth of Australia Day celebrations by sending high achieving and proud Australians to ceremonies around NSW.

And for the first time since Katheryn Smith has been involved with council, Gloucester is including a Citizenship Ceremony as part of the program.

“I think it’s a great addition to the day,” she said.

The MidCoast Council deputy mayor will be performing the ceremony with the assistance of Federal Member for Lyne, David Gillespie.

The day will also include the regular favourites, like the Best Dressed and Colouring-In Competition, Best Business window display, Project of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, the cutting of the Australia Day cake and the Pool Gala Evening 

Things kick off at 8am with the Australian breakfast of bacon, egg and sausage sandwiches will prepared by Gloucester’s Country Woman’s Association (CWA)), Quota, Lions Club and Rotary Club available shortly after for a gold coin donation.

Australia Day program

8am – Welcome to Country; flag raising and anthem; thanksgiving prayer

8:15am – Australia Day Breakfast

9am – Entertainment by Gloucester High School students

9:15am – Citizenship Ceremony               

9:30am – Competition winners presentation   

9.45am – Official welcome and keynote addresses from deputy mayor Katheryn Smith, Federal member     David Gillespie and ambassador Taylor Corry.

10am Awards Presentations: Project of the Year; Young Citizen of the Year; Citizen of the Year

10.30 am Official Ceremony concludes

2pm until 7pm – Olympic Pool Gala Evening at Gloucester Swimming Pool: with free entry, a barbecue supplied by the Gloucester Rotary Club, a lolly drop and entertainment.

In case of wet weather the celebrations will be held at the Gloucester Recreation Centre.