Over the last 2 months, the Legacy Centenary Torch Relay has been making its way across Australia, stopping in at WA, South Australia and QLD. While in the Sunshine State, the Torch made a stop in Brisbane where Andrei Wightman, Competitor and Market Intelligence Manager, based at Eagle Farm, represented Thales by taking part in the relay.
At 8am on a picture-perfect Queensland Winter’s Day, volunteers gathered at the muster point before making their way to the Governor of Queensland’s residence for a morning tea. Her Excellency, the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, was the first torch bearer of the day, officially kicking off the Brisbane leg of the relay.
Torch bearers and volunteers were then bussed to around 30 different locations around Brisbane; each awaiting their time to carry the Torch.
Of the opportunity to represent Thales, a Principal Partner of the Legacy Centenary Torch Relay, Andrei said he was honoured to be involved.
“My late Grandfather served in France in World War I with the Australian Imperial Forces, my late Father served in Vietnam and my youngest son is an Army Reserve Combat Engineer. I saw this an opportunity not only to support Legacy but to pay tribute to my Father’s and Grandfather’s service.”
Andrei carried the Torch for around 400m, and was accompanied by not only the tri-service party but also an Army drumline who provided a marching pace; ensuring the relay wasn’t short of those who paused while passing by.
“The relay drew a lot of attention from nearby members of the public, who seemed to be fascinated, and buoyed by the spectacle,” Andrei said.
After handing the Torch to Major General Jake Elwood (Ret), Andrei joined the rest of the volunteers marching through the streets of Brisbane. The final torch bearer was the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, the Right Honourable Adrian Schrinner, who carried the flame to the cauldron outside City Hall.
Once the relay was complete, Andrei, with Raelene Caulley, attended a reception at City Hall where they spoke with senior Defence personnel, City Councillors, Legatees and Legacy families.
To follow the Legacy Centenary Torch Relay, please visit their website, here.