Brent to carry the baton


AUSTRALIAN hockey champion and national team captain Brent Livermore cannot wait to get back to his home town of Grafton to take part in the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay.

He will rush from Melbourne after playing a game in the Test series against Spain on Sunday, to be at the corner of Victoria and Villiers streets at 11.18am on Monday morning, where he will run his 300m leg of the relay.

"I am really looking forward to running on home soil and I am hoping there will be lots of supporters around," Mr Livermore said.

As a professional athlete he was amused to answer a question on the entry form as to whether he could run 30 to 500 metres without assistance.

"I could answer that one pretty quickly," he said. "This is my third Commonwealth Games, we have won the last two gold and are hoping to make it a triple."

According to the official Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton organising committee, a convoy will arrive in South Grafton with the baton from Woolgoolga. Runners will take it from South Grafton over the bridge into the Grafton CBD.

Country singer Tania Kernaghan, fresh from the Tamworth Country Music Festival, will also carry the baton in Grafton.

"I've been getting out on the asphalt road down here and training for it," she said.

The other Grafton leg runners are Karen Barlow, Patricia Fischer, Raymond and George Hunt, Harold Kratz, Nancy McPherson, Lindy Mears, Nathan Sullivan, Rebecca Ulrick and Brad Wadwell.

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