Lesmurdie Indigenous women’s health campaigner to run in Queen’s Baton Relay City of Swan leg

Lesmurdie Indigenous women’s health campaigner to run in Queen’s Baton Relay City of Swan leg

INDIGENOUS women’s health campaigner Jenni Curtis will represent the spirit of the Commonwealth Games along with school principal Ray Boyd when they join baton bearers for the City of Swan leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Close friend Mechelle Turvey nominated Mrs Curtis (53), of Lesmurdie, to take her place among the proud baton bearers.

“I’m absolutely stunned and very nervous about it all; it’s such an honour,” she said.

She began her fitness journey after she was diagnosed with a chronic illness and went on to launch a health and wellbeing group for indigenous women about four years ago.

The self-help group is called Yok Dgakoooorliny, which means women running, and it’s a place where women are encouraged to “just get out there and have a go”.

“We train near the Burswood playground at the Swan River every Wednesday and it gives us a chance to chat and offload the day, as well as exercise,” Mrs Curtis said.

The women take part in various competitions and are in training for the SunSmart Women’s Triathlon in March.

Mrs Curtis is best known for establishing the indigenous program Parent Factor and in 2014 she was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

West Beechboro Primary School principal Ray Boyd (51) was nominated by teaching colleague Rachael Lehr.

The former WA Primary School Teacher of the Year, who lives in Parkerville, was commended for the award because of his outstanding leadership ability.

He said he was “chuffed” to be a part of the royal baton relay.

His commitment to young people continues after school at Guildford Grammar where he coaches cross country.

The cross country runner has represented Australia in the World Championships three times and he is a former qualifier for the Commonwealth Games.

For more, visit www.gc2018.com/qbr.

Community celebration
Monday, February 26
3.30pm-4.15pm: Midland Town Hall
4pm-8.30pm: Stirling Square, Guildford

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