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Daily Highlights - Day 46, St Helens to Hobart

11 March 2006


Day 46 of the Queen's Baton Relay will begin at 8.02am in St Helens and then travel south through Scamander, Bicheno, Swansea, Triabunna and Orford, then south west through Sorell, Midway Point, Warrane and onto Hobart where it will complete its 270km journey at 5.30pm.

Regional Information

From the relaxed fishing village of St Helens - gateway to Tasmania's warmest and most popular beaches - today's route reveals the striking natural beauty of coastline near the seaside towns of Bicheno and Swansea, passing vineyards, farm-gates and stunning views of Freycinet and Maria Island national parks.

Additional Highlights

[09.56] East Coast Nature World Wildlife Park - photo opportunity of baton with the infamous Tasmanian devil.

[17.25] Runner to carry baton through Salamanca Place, home of the infamous Salamanca Markets, before making its final journey of the day to the grounds of the beautiful Tasmanian Parliament House.


Start Time: 08:02
End Time: 17:30
Distance: 273.77km
Duration: 9:27:36

Start Location

Today's first runner will begin their leg on the jetty on St Helen's waterfront.

Evening Ceremony

Join the celebration to welcome the Queen's Baton Relay's arrival to the beautiful Parliament Lawns in Hobart, where the last runner will be cheered along the final leg of the day for an hour of local entertainment.

Alternative Modes of Transport

There are no alternative modes of transport today.

Runner Highlights

Dr Richard Vane-Tempest, Leg 20
The remote community of Bicheno felt extremely fortunate to have Doctor Richard Vane Tempest come to practice in their isolated town. Dr Vane-Tempest goes above and beyond the call of duty, ensuring people are given the best attention and care at all times. Working long hours, late at night, on weekends and on ‘days off’ is what makes this doctor special. His support to the volunteer ambulance personnel is exceptional, reassuring our community and tourists who visit the area.
Home town: Bicheno
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Bicheno at 10:44, Richard will carry the baton along Douglas St from Seasons Entry Restaurant and finish at House No. 46 on Esplanade.

Mrs Lisa Burnett, Leg 22
Lisa was a school athletic champion and State cross country representative in her time. Now, as a mother of four children, she has supported them to become State and National Champions. She is actively involved on committees, judging, school coach and assistant manager of travelling teams, all as a volunteer. Lisa has instilled in her children pride of person and a realisation that hard work and generosity are the keys to life’s success.
Home town: Howrah
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Bicheno at 10:51, Lisa will carry the baton along James St from House No. 8 and finish at Burgess St on Burgess St.

Ms Rebecca Gibney, Leg 29
New Zealand-born Rebecca is one of Australia’s leading dramatic actresses and one of the most popular faces on Australian screens. Her TV and mini-series credits include Stingers, Kangaroo Palace and The Flying Doctors, as well as a vast catalogue of film and theatre roles. She is particularly well-known for her TV role as Jane Halifax in Halifax f.p., which was written especially for her, and for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Logie.
Home town: Exeter
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Swansea at 12:39, Rebecca will carry the baton along Wellington St from Bridge St and finish at Julia St on Victoria St (A3).

Mrs Gwendoline Alice Reynolds, Leg 43
Gwendoline has lived in Sorell for 50 years. During that time she has delivered Meals on Wheels, has been a member of the Historic Society, a volunteer at the Information Centre and involved at the local tennis club for 50 years - as both a cleaner and its president!
Home town: Sorell
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Sorrell at 15:40, Gwendoline Alice will carry the baton along Dubbs & Co Dr from Station St and finish at Fitzroy St on Main Rd.

Mr David Boon, Leg 66
One of Tasmania's all-time favourite cricketing heroes, David Boon, was a pugnacious right handed batsman who served his state and country with enormous distinction. Highlights of his career included his role in four Ashes series wins (particularly the 1989 triumph and his honour in hitting the winning runs of that series); his flawless unbeaten 184 in the Bicentenary Test of 1988; and his Man of the Match winning effort in the 1987 World Cup Final. Predominantly in the No. 3 position the diminutive Boon's durability was a vital ingredient in Australia's resurgence as a cricketing power in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Home town: Rosny Park
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Hobart at 17:25, David will carry the baton along Castray St from Despard Gallery and finish at stage on Parliament Square.

Other Information

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