By Justin Sayson
A broken leg did not slow down Rhondda Alexander as she was rolled across Kings Beach in the Queen’s Baton Relay.
She broke her leg dragging sandbags across Currimundi Beach to protect a green turtle nest.
“The last thing I remember saying is finish the sandbagging,” she laughed.
The relay made its way across Caloundra on Wednesday, inching closer to the Opening Ceremony which begins on April 4th.
Mrs Alexander and Lachlan Smart were just two out of 24 local legends selected to represent excellence in our community.
A passionate environmentalist and founder of Turtlecare, not even a broken leg phased her from getting the job done.
During the Relay she was assisted by Games officials and surrounded by a number of police along Kings Beach streets.
Mrs Alexander was surprised that she was appointed to the Relay committee.
“I wasn’t expected to be nominated to start with,” she said.
“Being nominated by the [Sunshine Coast] Council that must mean I’m doing something good for the environment.”
But the honour is well deserved.
Last year Mrs Alexander received the Sunshine Coast Council’s Australia Day Environment Award, honouring over 40 years of volunteering to conserve the environment.
Holding the record for the youngest person to fly around the world solo adding Commonwealth games baton bearer to an already impressive resume is a nice addition for Lachlan Smart.
“It’s a huge honour to carry the baton a week out before the Games start,” he said.
Since completing his world-record flight Mr Smart has been working as a speaker across Australia, seeking to bridge the gap of communication between the older and younger generations.
“People don’t really understand how the other generation thinks it will really go a long way so we can understand each other,” he said.
The Queen’s Baton will be arriving on the Gold Coast on the 4th April with local Brendan Hain being the last to hold the baton before the official opening of the Games.