Daily Highlights - Day 1, Castlereagh to Parramatta
25 January 2006
Day one of the Queen's Baton Relay will begin at 7.29am in Castlereagh and travels east through Penrith, Cambridge Park, Werrington, St Mary's, Oxley Park, Mount Druitt, Rooty Hill Doonside and Blacktown, then south to Campbelltown then north through Leumeah, Liverpool, Guildford, Merrylands and Harris Park, and completes it 76km journey in Parramatta at 5.30pm.
A journey through Sydney's Great Outdoors: Starting from the river, mountains and lakes of the Penrith Valley at the foothills of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, and ending with the rich historical tapestry of Sydney's geographical heart in Parramatta, the relay today travels through the suburbs where Sydneysiders play out their every sporting whim. Beginning in Penrith Valley, an exciting playground for aquatic adventure and outdoor recreation. Next is Macarthur Country, rich in adventure, colonial history and outdoor experiences. The baton's journey wraps up through the streets of Cabramatta, one of Sydney's best kept gourmet secrets, where you can sample some of the world's finest South East Asian cuisine. The evening celebrations will be hosted in Parramatta Park, right in the heart of Sydney.
Reconciliation Walk in Parramatta [17.12] Reconciliation Walk is the first major location of settlement by Europeans after the arrival of the 'First Fleet', where Aboriginal communities had resided for thousands of years. At the entrance of the Reconciliation Walk the runner will pass the baton to an Aboriginal elder who will pose with the baton for a photo before it is passed on to the next runner.
Government House [17.22] Police motorcycles and runner to make their way through the Tudor gates of Old Government House, the oldest remaining public building in Australia dating back to 1799, for a photo opportunity at the front doors.
Start Time: 07:29 End Time: 17:30 Distance: 129.95km Duration: 10:00:32
Penrith regatta Centre, Castlereagh
Evening Ceremony Details
Join us tonight when the relay concludes for the day at the Paramatta Park Amphitheatre, and the final runner will make their way through the crowds to begin the evenings celebrations. These will include a double didgeridoo performance.
Alternative Modes of Transport
There are no alternative modes of transport today.
Mr Anthony Fowler, Leg 4 Anthony is a legally blind teenager with multiple disabilities who competes in five different sports. He is an inspiration to all people, especially those with a disability. Anthony provides motivation to fellow students with disabilities and encourages them to compete in school sports. Home Town: Blaxland Where carrying the baton: Starting in Castlereagh at 07:54, Anthony will carry the baton along Regatta Rd from Giveway sign and finish at Regatta Rd.
Mr Daniel Campbell, Leg 29 Daniel Campbell has contributed greatly to the local and the international community. He has coached the local soccer team, volunteered at the Sydney Olympics, Paralympics and the Rugby World Cup as well as assisted with Camp Quality dinners and fundraisers. Internationally, he donated $1000 from his own pocket to the Tsunami appeal and helped raise $25,000 for children in Kenya, Uganda and New Guinea. He has received a “Commendation for the Order of Australia” for these efforts. Home Town: Emu Plains Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Werrington at 09:25, Daniel will carry the baton along Parkes Ave from House No. 10 and finish at Werrington Ave.
Ms Jane Jamieson, Leg 44 Heptathlete, silver medallist at 1988 Commonwealth Games. Home Town: St Ives Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Mt Druitt at 10:22, Jane will carry the baton along Luxford Rd from Midin Pl and finish at Mission Australia.
Mr Stephen Waugh, Leg 73 Recipient of the Australian of the Year Award in 2004, Steve Waugh captained the Australian Test Team between 1999 to 2004 and the one day side between 1997/98 and 2001/02. Although better known for his cricket prowess he is also passionate about helping those less fortunate and has been active in charity work in both India and Australia. Home Town: Cremorne Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Leumeah at 13:34, Stephen will carry the baton along Pembroke Rd from Leumeah Club Hotel and finish at the entrance to Campbelltown Sports Ground.
Mr Robert Woodhouse, Leg 96 Dual Commonwealth silver medallist at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, Robert was also a bronze medallist in the 400-metre Individual Medley at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. After a highly successful competitive career spanning more than six years, Robert was made a member of the Australian Institute of Sport’s Hall of Fame. Home Town: Bronte Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Harris Park at 17:02, Robert will carry the baton along Hambledon Cottage Park from Gates and finish at Macquarie St on Harris St.
Mr Michael Diamond, Leg 100 Michael Diamond is a dual Olympic and Commonwealth Gold Medallist in Trap Shooting. He has competed in four Olympic Games: 2004 Athens, 2000 Sydney, 1996 Atlanta, 1992 Barcelona and six World Championships: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004. A child prodigy, he was beating adults at age eight when he first began competing. He is considered to be one of the finest shooters in the world. Home Town: Engadine Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Parramatta at 17:18, Michael will carry the baton along Stairs from Church St and finish at George St on Church St.
Rev Brian Lewis Smith, Leg 102 For the past seven years Rev Brian Smith has been an outstanding role model at Parramatta Mission and within the local community as he strives to fulfil the Mission's vision of a community where all are included and valued. His extraordinary hard work and leadership has resulted in significantly improved outcomes for his clients. He is the last runner on the first day of the Queen's Baton Relay's Australian leg. Home Town: Rosehill Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Parramatta at 17:25, Brian Lewis will carry the baton along George St from Government House path and finish at stage on Runner corridor.