West Coast flavour to relay

RELAY: Streaky Bay's Louise Mudge is looking forward to the Queen's Baton Relay at Coffin Bay next week. Picture: Supplied

RELAY: Streaky Bay's Louise Mudge is looking forward to the Queen's Baton Relay at Coffin Bay next week. Picture: Supplied

There will be a West Coast flavour to the Queen’s Baton Relay when it reaches Eyre Peninsula next week, with two local runners set to join the fun at Coffin Bay.

The baton will arrive at Coffin Bay on Monday and then go to Port Lincoln.

Included among the more than 30 runners are Louise Mudge from Streaky Bay and Ceduna’s Renee Colbung.

Mrs Mudge said she was “very excited” and “honoured” to have been nominated to participate in the relay by Lois and Peter Johnson, who thought after a lifetime of involvement in sport and community she deserved the recognition.

Ms Colbung said it felt special to be taking part.

“It feels awesome to represent my community.

“It is a very special feeling and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the relay,” she said.

Mrs Mudge grew up in Streaky Bay where she was a successful swimmer and netballer and is still an avid sports and community-minded person.

After marrying Ken Mudge she went to live at the Moorkitabie farm at Poochera and while competitive swimming fell away she remained passionate about netball as a player, umpire, coach and manager.

She has been awarded life memberships with Mid West Netball Association and Western Districts Netball Club, as well as winning two goal medals at the 1998 Alice Springs Masters Games, for the 100-metre freestyle swimming and coaching the winning netball team.

Since retiring and moving back to Streaky Bay she has remained part of the sporting community as a regular with the Streaky Bay Dragon Boat Club, going to Ceduna and Port Lincoln for events, and swims five times a week from October to May.

Ms Colbung, a mother of five, was nominated for her support of the community and local sport.

Her efforts on the court were recognised by winning the Far West Netball Association’s best and fairest award in 2016 and 2017.