The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay made it to the home of Year 8 Shore student, Rishad Cook-Sabatino from Horn Island in the Torres Strait Islands, on Saturday 3 March.

Rishad was nominated by long-term family friend, Heide Stuart in the two stage selection process, he commented: “I was so excited to receive an email from the GC2018 Queens Baton Relay Team, saying I had been nominated to become a Batonbearer for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. I then couldn’t believe it when I heard I’d been selected!”

Nancy Cook, Rishad’s Mum shared: “I was that excited I had to scream for a bit with a big smile on my face when Rishad’s selection was confirmed. I had to keep it a secret until the 18th October 2017 and as Rishad is a boarding student at Shore, I rang him after school to give him the good news. It was very special, hearing in his voice how thrilled he was.”

Shore Headmaster, Dr Timothy Wright commented: “I was very excited Rishad was selected for this honour. It is terrific that even as a Boarder here at Shore, he has the opportunity to celebrate his own community and participate in these sorts of opportunities.”

All Rishad’s family and friends were there to cheer him on as he ran the leg down Wees Street on Horn Island. A proud Mum commented: “All the children and people who know Rishad in the community look up to him, he is very proud to represent his family, his community and his School and was so excited to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay.”

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