Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s Liz Cyarto had a taste of Commonwealth Games excitement when she ran in the Queen’s Baton Relay on Saturday, 10 February.
Liz was selected to run the 200m relay leg along a part of Melbourne’s Williamstown foreshore that she knows well – it’s been part of her training route since she moved to Melbourne almost 10 years ago.
Hundreds of thousands of people have watched the baton on its travels across the Commonwealth to the Gold Coast in the lead-up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games from 4-15 April.
Liz was nominated as a runner for the work she continues to do educating older people about the benefits of home-based exercise to maintain strength and balance.
She has worked with several dozen community groups since completing her PhD at the University of Queensland, many of them from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
“Older people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities don’t have access to materials about exercise in their own language,” she said.
“I’ve had my materials translated into five languages to make it easier for people to exercise at home.”
Liz said it was an honour to have been selected to receive the baton from Australian Commonwealth and Olympic athlete Gary Honey.
“Apparently, I had a one in 70,000 chance of being selected to run a portion of the Queen’s Baton Relay. It was a privilege to meet some of the country’s most accomplished athletes and community leaders. I am now even more committed to ensuring Australians live and age well.”
The Bolton Clarke Research Institute conducts research that supports healthy ageing by informing evidence-based models of care that are customer focused and co-designed with end users.