​​​​​​​​Queensland Training Awards winners to carry Commonwealth Games baton​​​​

Pictured (left to right): Nicholas Muir and Ben Nedwich at the 2016 Queensland Training Awards.

​Ben Nedwich, winne​r of Queensland's 2016 Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year and Nicholas Muir, winner of Queensland's 2016 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, will join a select group of Australi​ans chosen to bear the Queen's baton in the final leg of its journey to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

After winning at the Queensland Training Awards in 2016, Ben continued his achievements by winning the 2016 Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year at the Australian Training Awards, winning gold at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia national competition and receiving a Queensland Overseas Foundation scholarship. Clearly Ben is no stranger to success and he attributes this to his hard work and passion for what he does.

Ben said bearing the baton on its way to the Commonwealth Games is a great honour.

"I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent my country in the baton relay. I feel humbled to be joining so many amazing Australians, sporting legends, talented artists and local heroes - each one with an amazing personal story to tell," he said.

Ben said his experience at the Queensland Training Awards and the support he received during that time has given him the confidence to pursue his dreams and take on new challenges.

Nicholas was the winner of the 2016 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and 2016 Queensland School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year finalist. He said that the chance to be part of the baton relay for the Commonwealth Games was a unique opportunity to pay tribute to his community and he is thrilled to be sharing the honour with people like Susie O'Neill and Troy​ Cassar-Daley.

"I am proud of my achievements, but it means even more to me to know that my peers nominated me and believe in me," said Nicholas. "I will carry the baton with pride."

Find out more about the Queensland Training Awards​.

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Last updated
19 March 2018