North East Victoria netball legend Tracy Gillies said she is “very humbled and very honoured” to be chosen to run with the Queen’s baton in Yarrawonga, on February 15, in connection with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“It’s a great honour,” the 2016 Ovens and Murray Football Netball League Hall of Fame inductee told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “I’m looking forward to it.
“As a kid I always loved the Commonwealth Olympic Games - a team sport, representing your country - something I’ve always thought pretty special.”
Husband Jim Gillies said he was very proud of Tracy, who works as the human resource co-ordinator at E Works in Yarrawonga.
“It’s well deserving,” he said. “It’s a credit to everything she’s done in sport - promoting the sport and developing the players.
“Trace has always been a great sport. She certainly helped get Yarrawonga to the next level.”
Champion Yarrawonga netballer Bridget Cassar added her praise to the dual Yarrawonga premiership coach.
“It’s thoroughly deserved. Trace has put so much into sport and the community,” Bridget said.
“It’s so good for her to rewarded this way.”
A wonderful ambassador for netball and Yarrawonga Football Netball Club,
Tracy played over 200 games for the Pigeons as well as four years in Shepparton, playing State League representing Goulburn Valley numerous times.
The retired netballer was fast on the netball court and will run with the Queen’s baton at a lively pace.