Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay first runner, Ronald Richter, is welcomed to the Penrith Regatta Centre stage by Channel Nine celebrity Richard Wilkins, while Karak salutes the crowd.
Ronald Richter then takes the first steps of the Australian Leg of the Melbourne 2006 Queen’s Baton Relay with escort runner, Matthew Donnellan.
Mr Richter steals a kiss from granddaughter Charlee, aged 3, on his run through Penrith.
Sight-impaired runner, Anthony Fowler, receives the baton from Graeme Bruce Frauenfelder and takes to the western Sydney streets with escort runner Noel Patterson.
Anthony later discusses his relay leg run with journalists.
The relay passes applauding construction workers at a western Sydney construction site. The action continues through western Sydney, with the convoy proceeding through the streets of Penrith.
Proud septuagenarian Claire Alberta Gledhill from Penrith walks the baton in her home suburb, handing the baton over to North Turramurra’s Martyn Fox.
Daniel Campbell is aglow after running his relay leg. Other proud runners soak up the atmosphere and shake hands before embarking on their run in western Sydney.
The crowd gathers at the Campbelltown Sports Ground, home of the Wests Tigers, reigning NRL premiers, to welcome the Baton.
A young fan waves her Australian flag before Australian cricket great Stephen Waugh emerges from the Queen’s Baton Relay runner shuttle bus.
The former Australian Test captain autographs a cricket bat for a young fan – after removing his revolutionary Queen’s Baton Relay RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) thumb-glove, which allows runner and location information to be beamed back to the Melbourne 2006 website.
He is then welcomed to his leg of the relay and receives the Baton from Panania’s Matthew Patrick McFayden.
Stephen is joined by escort runner Stephanie Wittenberg and they make their way to Campbelltown Sports Ground where they are warmly welcomed by the enthusiastic crowd. He then takes the stage and is greeted and interviewed.