In the middle of it all are our Living Gems Gold Coast volunteers Mervyn and Betty Handley, Helen Dwyer and Bill Elliot, as well as Baton Bearer Leonie Thompson.
For 70-year-old Leonie Thompson, age is just a number, and won’t hold her back from her yearly marathons and boxing hobby.
“I love to exercise – running being my favourite. I have attended 173 Park Run’s with a PB of 33.27 minutes, but I tend to average 34-35 minutes,” says Ms Thompson.
“Volunteering has always been a big part of my life, I have spent the last 20 years attending fund raising marathons for various charities.”
“It was so exciting, and I felt so proud to participate in the Queen’s Baton Relay event. My whole family, my gems and my jewels, were there to watch as I carried the baton through the Labrador segment on Easter Monday.”
“I am also really looking forward to participating in the five kilometre Gold Run! I get a lovely golden shirt to wear and at the end of the course we can cheer on the GC2018 Marathon runners at the closing stage of their run.”
Sapphire by Living Gems resident Julie Harrison has been working two days with one day off as a fleet driver. She has been driving GC2018 officials around since 20 March and will finish on 18 April.
“I decided to volunteer for this once in a life time opportunity to tackle something exciting and different. It is quite an honour to have been selected as one of the 15,000 volunteers from the 40,000 that applied.”
“I have to give full marks to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), everything has been really well organised, and I am really enjoying the experience. I have had the opportunity to meet so many different people from all around the world,” says Ms Harrison.
Keith Revell, baton bearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay, tells of the exciting and exhilarating experience carrying the baton through the Beenleigh segment on Easter Sunday.
“It was such an honour to be nominated, and then to be chosen, from so many other very worthy nominees. It was a privilege that was very humbling.”
“To be in the bus talking with the other runners was inspiring and to hear so many uplifting stories of their contributions to improve their communities.”
Keith says as well as participating in the Queen’s Baton Relay he will also be volunteering at the games along with four other home owners from Opal by Living Gems.
“At Opal there are four residents volunteering in various capacities at the Commonwealth games, myself as a fleet driver based at Fleet Depot Central for all our visiting officials and dignitaries; my wife, Gwen as a commonwealth games association assistant based at the Athletes Games Village; Lyn Yensch also as a fleet driver, based at the Athletes Village and Wendy Broxham who is based in the Hockey venue.”
Wendy Broxham shares in the excitement of the games saying just a glimpse at the website stirs the adrenaline.
“There will be fireworks. There will be Ferocity. Hockey is 60 minutes of full-throttle sporting action,” says Ms Broxham.
Thirteen residents from Ruby by Living Gems will also be active volunteers through the games, two of the thirteen have been sworn to secrecy about their uniform as they are participating in the closing ceremony.
The Living Gems volunteers selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games are among 15,000 of more than 45,000 applicants.