Aerial videographer Jaimen Hudson was ‘stoked’ when he carried the Queen’s Baton for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The Queen’s Baton Relay stretches across the countries in the Commonwealth, it began at Buckingham Palace and will finish in the Gold Coast.
Mr Hudson carried the baton during the Albany leg of the relay on February 22, 2018.
“I couldn't get the smile off my face, it was really cool,” he said.
“We got on the bus and they went around and dropped each person off at their location.
“After I got dropped off at my spot I did a TV interview and within a matter of moments I had the baton handed to me and I was off on my run.
Mr Hudson said he couldn’t believe the news when he was first told he had been selected.
“Last year I received an email, and I actually thought at first it was just spam or a scam or something like that,” he said.
Mr Hudson said the Queen’s Baton Relay had found him through his social media, and selected him for his success in the face of adversity.
“They had found me online through my photographs, and they knew that I lived in the region and they wanted me to carry the baton when it came through.”
“I had to overcome adversity and pushed through after my accident to move on with my life.
“I had a positive outlook and have had success with my area of photography and videos.”
Sports and Recreation minister Mick Murray, said local legends were selected from across WA to celebrate sport and community, and represented a bridge between the 70 nations and territories involved in the Commonwealth Games.
“This relay is a wonderful chance to celebrate local community spirit and honour people from all walks of life, such as sport, arts, education and charities, who will carry the Queen’s Baton,” he said
The Baton Relay started on March 13 2017, and will finish when the Queen’s message, inserted in the baton, will be read out at the Opening Ceremony on April 4, 2018.
Mr Hudson was one of 310 people in WA to carry the baton, according to the Department of Sport.