VOLUNTEER firefighter Craig ‘Scott’ Ashurst will be among those running in the Queen’s Baton Relay as it passes through Quinns Rocks next Monday.
The Clarkson resident was nominated to be a baton bearer for his roles at Quinns Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.
Mr Ashurst joined the brigade almost five years ago and was a training officer when nominated, and now he is the local government training fire coordinator.
He said he was looking forward to be a part of the relay in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, and had always been involved in sports, particularly basketball and judo.
“It’s a special occasion,” he said.
“I’ve always had a passion with sport – this is just fantastic to be involved on a global scale.
“It’s a big thing for me and my family.”
The father-of-two said his family would be watching as he carries the baton along Santa Barbara Parade, including his wife Sarah and two children.
“They have been granted permission from the school that they could watch me for the three minutes,” he said.
Mr Ashurst said his 93-year-old grandfather would also be on the sidelines.
“He got very emotional when I told him,” he said.
Mr Ashurst said he was grateful for his wife’s support of his volunteer role and the opportunity to represent his peers in the brigade.
“I feel very honoured to have been nominated and then to be selected for the role,” he said.
“There is a lot of my colleagues who deserve something like this as well.
“They all play a big role within the community.”
The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel from Quinns Beach Primary School, where Jackson Anderson of Two Rocks will set off about 9.15am on February 26, arriving at a community celebration at the Quinns Mindarie Community Centre about 10.30am.
It will then head to the Wanneroo town centre for the second community event within the City of Wanneroo.