Commonwealth Games Batonbearers

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RSLWA President Peter Aspinall will carry the Queen's Baton during the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

He and several other Albany residents have been announced as batonbearers for the City located 418 km's south east of Perth.

Mr Aspinall will carry the baton for the first leg from the National ANZAC Centre (Albany) to the convoy lookout on Mt Adelaide at around 7:50am on Thursday, 22 February 2018.

Mr Aspinall has served on the RSLWA Board since July 2008 and is the immediate past President of the Albany RSL Sub-Branch and past President of the Albany Aero and Probus Albany Central Clubs. He was also was chair of the Albany Centenary of ANZAC Alliance from its inception till its dissolution in December 2012.

Educated in Albany and nearly completing 30 years of military service, Mr Aspinall has worked in a variety of regimental, staff and training postings.

These included operational service in South Vietnam in 1966/67 as an artillery forward observer with the 5th and 6th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said he is immensely proud of the batonbearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s Baton comes to town.

“Many have dedicated their lives to improving our community, others have accomplished great feats or are realising their dreams,” Mayor Wellington said.

“I encourage everybody to support and congratulate these people and I look forward to sharing this memorable moment with our community.”