When the Queen’s Baton Relay begins it’s epic Australian journey in the nations capital tomorrow (January 25) the Volleyball community will be swelling with pride as one of their own helps begin the traditional relay.

Long serving and now retired international referee Dean Turner will proudly carry the Queens message through Canberra to mark the start of the relay.

Turner began refereeing Volleyball back in 1979 and was the first Australian Referee to be invited to an Olympic Volleyball event (Atlanta, USA, 1996). Dean also refereed at the Sydney Olympic Games (2000).

Turner is one of 70 proud Australians, including a number of others from Volleyball like Rio Olympian Taliqua Clancy, all who have been selected to be a part of history, between them taking more than a million steps to bring the Baton to its final destination, the GC2018 Opening Ceremony.

The Queen’s Baton Relay takes a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the Commonwealth to the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

When the Queen’s Baton arrives at the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, Her Majesty’s message will be removed from the Baton and read aloud to declare the Games open.

Chloe Edwards from Volleyball Australia said everyone within the Volleyball Community is thrilled that Turner had been selected to take part in the Queens Baton Relay.

“Dean’s been so dedicated to the sport of Volleyball, he has put the last 20 years into building the referee structure in Australia and this honour is thoroughly deserved. He is just an all round good guy.”

Since the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton has carried a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II calling the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

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