Palmyra: water polo stalwart Edward Neesham to carry Queen’s Baton in lead up to 2018 Commonwealth Games


Commonwealth Games batonbearer, Palmyra resident Edward Neesham.
Commonwealth Games batonbearer, Palmyra resident Edward Neesham.

A PALMYRA resident nominated to carry the Queen’s Baton in the build up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games says he is keen to make the most of every step.

Edward Neesham (74) is one of 3800 Australians who will carry the baton on its 100-day journey across the country prior to the games on the Gold Coast.

“My sister-in-law carried the baton leading up to the Sydney games and we watched it go past,” Mr Neesham said.

“It was great to watch the community come together and great to take a bit of the mundane out of the average day.”

Mr Neesham, brother of AFL identity Gerard, is a Medal of the Order of Australia recipient for his service to water polo through the Melville Water Polo Club and the Western Australian Water Polo Association.

But it is his generosity in the community that helped in win over the judges for the honour.

“Our parents and grandparents showed us by example how important it is to be involved in the community,” he said.

“We saw it as the rewarding thing to do.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said names were selected by judging panels in each state and territory.

“The batonbearers recognise the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life, from ambitious 10 year olds to humble volunteers and well-known Australians from a variety of fields,” she said.

Since its launch from Buckingham Palace in March, the Baton has visited Africa, the Caribbean, America, and Europe, and is currently in Malaysia.

It will be taken through the remaining 15 Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Australia on Christmas Eve.

It should be in Perth in February.

Other local runners include Murdoch’s Shannon Doody, Attadale’s Jason Ferris, Melville’s Kym Nadin, Attadale’s Peter Taliangis and Alfred Cove’s Adam Voges.

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