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Faithful Church Member Chosen to Carry the Queen's Baton


The people of Brisbane joined millions of others around the world as they shared the excitement of the Queen’s Batonbearer Relay (QBR), passing through the Queensland capital city on Easter Saturday.

Lorin Nicholson was one of a select number of community members nominated to carry the Queen's Baton as it travelled from London to the Gold Coast for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lorin is a legally blind musician, who travels extensively around Australia and the globe as a motivational speaker addressing a variety of corporations and young people. He has helped thousands of at-risk youth and young people through his inspirational messages of respect, inclusion, resilience and striving for excellence.

“A close musician friend of mine from Adelaide surprised me with the nomination. With so many accomplished athletes and inspirational members of the community out there, it was such an honour to even be considered” Lorin said.

Once nominated, Lorin underwent a series of selection processes.

Lorin continued, “When I found out I had been selected I was so excited, however I knew I couldn’t tell anyone for a couple of months. My Mother was sadly in the hospital with cancer at the time and I knew she didn’t have much longer with us. I knew she would be very proud, so I secretly told her while I visited with her one afternoon. Unfortunately, Mum didn’t get to see me carry the Baton, as she passed away before the big day, but I knew she was watching over me,”

Being chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton is a distinct honour for the father of four.

“I feel very honoured and privileged to be a part of such a prestigious event and to represent Her Majesty the Queen, the Commonwealth and the community - it is something very special,” Lorin said.

Besides motivational speaking, Lorin also works in the health industry as a remedial therapist treating thousands, including Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes, helping them to reach their physical peak and achieve their very best.

Lorin sees his blindness as a blessing from the Lord and he believes he has been fortunate to be able to live a life that has focused on helping others.

Lorin served a full-time mission in the Australia Melbourne Mission and has also served as Bishop and Branch President. He currently serves as the First Counsellor in the Brisbane Cleveland Stake (diocese) Presidency.

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