Mulwala resident Robert (Moose) Muir will be running with the Queen's baton in Yarrawonga next February in connection with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The semi-retired journalist with the Yarrawonga Chronicle and Corowa Free Press has written about and promoted so many local sports during his 24 years in the newspaper industry.
"I'm very surprised to be chosen to carry the baton in the lead-up to the important Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast," the 70-year-old said.
"It's an honour and I look forward to joining other batonbearers in Yarrawonga on the day. I congratulate Nick Megarrity from Tungamah on his selection.
"His was certainly a worthy nomination and is all the more noteworthy as he is just 19-years-of-age."
Moose has always enjoyed writing about good sporting news stories.
The former St Kilda and Mulwala cricketer has also enjoyed other human interest stories, as well as reporting on Federation Council's monthly meetings (formerly Corowa Shire Council).
Long-time friend and Yarrawonga sporting identity Glenn Brear said it was a great achievement for Moose and a well-deserved achievement.
“It’s a magnificent gesture by the body to reward Moose on his outstanding efforts to the community and it is a marvellous thing to see,” Glenn said.
“He is a person who has always been open with his time and it’s great that he has been rewarded for how much he has done and continues to do for the community.
“I’m thrilled to see he has been acknowledged and recognised, and it is a note-worthy achievement for him. Well played.”
Yarrawonga Chronicle Editor Racheal Willett said everyone at the newspaper was delighted with Moose’s selection as a batonbearer.
“Moose goes above and beyond in his pursuit of sporting and news coverage for the Yarrawonga Chronicle and we are thrilled he has been chosen to be part of the Queen’s baton Commonwealth Games relay,” Racheal said.
“We look forward to cheering him on when he hits the ground running for his leg of the relay.”