Reigning Moira Shire Young Citizen of the Year, Tungamah's Nicholas Megarrity, has been selected as a batonbearer for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
"It's a great honour," he told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. "I'm really surprised, firstly for being nominated, and really surprised in getting the honour of being a batonbearer."
In his second year of a plumbing apprenticeship, 19-year-old Nick has displayed outstanding leadership qualities for several years.
A foundation member of Leo Club (Tungamah) in 2012, he was secretary for one year before being president for the last three years.
Lions Club stalwart and past Tungamah Primary School Principal, Les Harrison, was thrilled to hear of Nick's selection. "As Nick's former school teacher, I'm very, very proud of the way he's turned out to be," instigator of Leo Club and a former Tungamah and district Citizen of the Year Mr Harrison said.
"He's a young leader in our community and has provided a lot for the community, always willing to help other people. The rest of his family are tremendous community people."
Under Nick's guidance, the Leo Club supported neurobionics research which culminated in a visit from world famous professor Peter Blamey to Tungamah last year.
Nick organised fundraising for the purchase of a defibrillator for the Tungamah community in 2015, as well as two nights of training.
2015, with fellow Year 11 students from Yarrawonga Secondary College, he walked the Kokoda Trail which he described a "a very moving experience".
Nick enjoys his football and has played in junior Tungamah premiership teams, and Yarrawonga Thirds premiership in 2016. The ruckman is now back playing with the Tungamah Bears.
The son of Michelle and Peter Megarrity, Nick expects to be running with the Commonwealth Games baton in February, with details of date, time and venue to be advised.