PHYSIOTHERAPIST Brendan Cutts tackled treacherous open waters off Perth to raise awareness for stroke prevention. Now, he faces a sporting mission of a royal nature.
Mr Cutts will carry the Queen’s Baton, including her message for Commonwealth Games athletes, through Ballarat next Tuesday.
He will be one of 28 Ballarat community members called up to help pass the baton along its journey from Werribee to Ararat, two months out from the opening ceremony on the Gold Coast.
Mr Cutts earns the honour for his work to fight stroke, professionally in his work with stroke survivors and in capturing attention for his 20-kilometre battle in the Rottnest Channel Swim last year. This raised more than $7600 for the National Stroke Foundation’s support and research work.
“By swimming, I can put a spotlight on exercise to reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes and stress and high blood pressure, which can all contribute to stroke,” Mr Cutts had said.
He wanted to make clear stroke could affect people of any age.