Local hockey superstar Amanda Ross will represent the South West Queensland region in the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR), ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The TAFE Queensland Customer Service Officer will run the baton in Tasmania, after being nominated by her colleagues from the Toowoomba campus. Her two minute baton run is planned to start at 11:25 on 9 February in Clarence, Hobart.

Ross’ colleagues have always supported her “sporting endeavours,” as she has previously competed on a regional, state and national level.

“I am honoured and incredibly grateful to have been nominated by my colleagues. It is a real privilege,” said Amanda.

TAFE Queensland South West Region General Manager Brent Kinnane believes Amanda will be a great community representative, as he knows she takes pride in her achievements, both at work and on the sports field.

“Baton bearers are people that inspire others to be great, and we’re very excited to have such fantastic representatives from our region participating in the Queen’s Baton Relay,” he said.

The 2017 QBR is the longest and most accessible in Commonwealth Games history, with 3800 baton bearers participating in Australia, accumulating approximately one million steps around the country.

The baton began its journey on 13 March 2017 from Buckingham Palace. After more than 250 days being transported around the entire Commonwealth, the baton landed in Australia on Christmas Day, and is set to arrive on the Gold Coast on the first day of the games, 4 April.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will run from the 4 to 15 April.

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