9RQR Captain Jason Stott looks over challenging Relay for Life participants Private Sam McElligott, Private Jamie McElligott and Private John Davis from 9RQR and Senior Sergeant Tony Cole, Constable Matt Walker and Senior Constable Kym Lynch from Maryborough Police.
9RQR Captain Jason Stott looks over challenging Relay for Life participants Private Sam McElligott, Private Jamie McElligott and Private John Davis from 9RQR and Senior Sergeant Tony Cole, Constable Matt Walker and Senior Constable Kym Lynch from Maryborough Police. Karleila Thomsen

Troops rally for Relay for Life

PLATOON commander Jason Stott reckons his Delta company 9RQR regiment is tougher, stronger and faster than any other team in the Fraser Coast region.

And members are out to prove they’re the best by blitzing Maryborough’s Relay for Life for the second consecutive year.

In 2009 his team completed 410 laps of Maryborough Showgrounds – more than 180km – in 16 hours.

Captain Stott has issued the challenge to other emergency services teams to take him and his army reserve team on in an effort to be the best and raise the most money for Relay for Life.

Officers from the police and fire services have already accepted the challenge.

“The other slackers haven’t gotten back to me yet,” Capt. Stott said of the SES and local ambos.

Relay for Life is an annual event that raises money for the Cancer Council Australia.

This year the Fraser Coast Relay for Life will be held at Maryborough Showgrounds on April 17.

Participants have to walk or run through the night to ensure their relay is continuous.

To keep them motivated through the night, Capt. Stott’s team will set up an obstacle course and challenge other teams to race them through it.

“Of course we want to win, so the actual structure of the course is a bit of a secret,” he said.

“Anyone who wants to take us on can throw a wager into a hat – but whoever wins the cash donates it to Relay for Life in their team’s name.

“At the end of the day, whatever happens and whoever wins, Relay for Life is the winner.”



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