TREVOR Holmes is already counting down the days until he gets his hands on the Queen’s Baton.
The Byford resident has been selected to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay when it passes through Rockingham on February 23 for his commitment to community basketball.
Mr Holmes said he was honoured to have been selected to carry the baton ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
“It is actually a great honour to be representing the Byford Basketball Association (BBA), where I was nominated, and to run in the relay is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so you can’t knock it back,” he said.
The BBA president started the association last year and has a rich history at grassroots level in the Australian basketball community basketball.
He was integral to the inclusion of the Horsham Hornets and Stawell Wildcats in Victorian Country Basketball Leagues and has coached and refereed at various levels.
Mr Holmes said he liked helping out and volunteering his time at grassroots level because he could see how much it meant to others.
“I’m not the sort of person who likes to win, I don’t believe it’s all about winning, it’s about participation,” he said.
“The more people you can get involved, you create skills and lifetime friends. I just like to pass on some of the experience I’ve got.
“To be nominated for the relay is a reward for all years I’ve put in and it’s great locals can be recognised for volunteering.”