Retired police officer Stan Law is looking forward to making history when he carries the Queen’s Baton for part of its relay in Australia, before it reaches its final destination – the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Stan, who lives in Bonny Hills, served 37 years in the NSW Police Force and won an award from the Governor of NSW for his work at the Bali bombing in 2002.
He represented NSW in the State Dragon Boat team in 2009, winning a gold medal in 2010 at the Nationals. He has black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Harang Do.
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“He has tirelessly volunteered his time for the community at the Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross, Camden Haven High School and for the last 12 years at the Port Macquarie Iron Man. He was also a volunteer at the Sydney Olympics in 2000,” said his wife, Barbara.
Stan said he’s fairly fit at the moment and does a lot of martial arts and running.
“It keeps me young and it is good for my health,” he said.
“When I volunteered at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, that was a great honour and very humbling.
“I am very lucky to get into the Queen’s Baton relay.
“The whole process of the baton coming 23,000 kms is mind-blowing and I am going to be part of that.”
He believes the relay encourages people to participate in sports which leads to good results, mentally and physically.
“Also the pleasure people get out of sports and the way it brings people together is wonderful,” Stan said.
“ To be part of that in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games is phenomenal.
“In Sydney, on the last day of the Olympics, the volunteers had a celebration and everyone was so welcoming. The atmosphere was fantastic.
“I believe a similar thing will happen on the Gold Coast with the Commonwealth Games.”