What an exciting month for three of our DB Schenker Batonbearers at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Sarah Schmitz, Daniel O’Shea and Kelly McKellar carried the Queen’s Baton across the streets of Launceston, Tourquay and Renmark Paringa.
Sarah posing before the relay
On the 7th of February, under sunny skies in Launceston, Tasmania, DB Schenker Sarah Schmitz had the honour to be one of the Queen’s baton bearers. “I have been chosen to be one of the Baton bearer as part of the GC2018 event. I am truly honoured for this opportunity and know that this will be one of the best days my life, a dream I never thought would come true!” commented Sarah Schmitz, DB Schenker Operations Supervisor.
A bit of Personal touch
Sarah, originally from a small town in Germany called Prüm, moved to Perth, Western Australia 6 years ago. Sarah is not new to sports event, the biggest highlight of her career has definitely been working in Beijing at the Olympic Games in 2008, where she learnt the ropes of the DB Schenker Event Team world. Sarah’s career at DB Schenker started nearly 17 years ago. “DB Schenker has offered me many opportunities to personally develop and grow within the company and I have been given opportunities to travel and live around the world. Working in many countries in my role in Sports events has given me the opportunity to meet incredible, likeminded people from around the world all with common goals and ideas!”
Daniel and his son Owen during the relay
Few days later this amazing journey carried on with DB Schenker third Batonbearer and triathlon athlete Daniel O’Shea carried the Queen’s Baton through the streets of Tourquay, Victoria on the 12th of February.
“All the people chosen to be part of the baton relay shared their own story with approx. 300 students before the kick off of the event.” said Daniel O’Shea, DB Schenker Program Manager, Corporate Sales AU / NZ.
“Thank you to DB Schenker, I feel very privileged to be nominated and chosen to participate in such a special occasion.” added Daniel.
Daniel enjoys being healthy and exercising, he participates in triathlon and has completed a full Ironman event here in Melbourne in 2013. He has recently taken on a Program Manager Role at DB Schenker Melbourne, he has been with the company for almost 14 years.
DB Schenker third Batonbearers Kelly McKellar carried the Queen’s Baton in Renmark Paringa, South Australia, on the 19th of February.
“What an experience it was to be able to carry the Baton, it felt very surreal and there was so much going on that it just went all so quick. The other Baton people were all from Renmark and each had done some very special achievements in their community, I felt very privilege to be able to share the experience with them. Definitely an experience I will not forget and feel very privilege that I was able to experience.” commented Kelly McKellar, DB Schenker Ocean Freight Manager QLD.
Kelly is a mom of two boys. In 2016 she started training to do a Marathon in July 2017, Kelly has never been an exercise enthusiast and the required training was extremely hard. She persevered and trained hard together with a good friend they run for a great cause of Brain Cancer. “The atmosphere and the people on the day, sure did make it somewhat easier, but to run across that finish line was a very proud moment for myself.”
Kelly has been with DB Schenker for 10 years, started as Transport Operator and reporting warehouse manager. “I have a great team that have gone through many of changes in the business over the last 5 years in Schenker, I do enjoy the challenge each day Freight Forwarding business brings and look forward to growing and seeing many more changes in the business in the years to come”.
Once again, well done to Sarah, Daniel and Kelly for taking part in this very special event!
Our next DB Schenker Batonbearer will take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay in Queensland on the 4th of March. Good luck Jodie Elisara!
We will keep you posted!
For further information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, head to the following link
QBR visits Launceston
QBR visits Tourquay
QBR visits Paringa