QCWA border division secretary Diane Walsh (back, left), member Denise Maycock (back, second left) and president Margaret Grayson (front, right) sing in a film clip for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
QCWA border division secretary Diane Walsh (back, left), member Denise Maycock (back, second left) and president Margaret Grayson (front, right) sing in a film clip for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Contributed

Southern Downs singers spotted in opening ceremony

DIANE Walsh woke up at 5.30am to go to a secret location, on a mission she couldn't tell any of her family or friends about.

Filming was taking place at Lyndhurst Stud for a clip that was destined to play at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Three women from the Killarney QCWA Branch enjoyed the moment of stardom, as the secretary of the border division Mrs Walsh was joined by president Margaret Grayson and Denise Maycock

Mrs Walsh said the group sung the Australian National Anthem over and over again, which was then cut down into a four-second clip and compiled into a montage of other singers in Australian scenes.

"To represent regional Queensland and the CWA, it's just makes me very proud,” she said.

"I love this area, I've only lived here for 12 years and I've felt at home there from the day I walked into the place.”

The clip took about two hours to film and the women then did a sound recording.

STARS: (From left) Diane Walsh, Denise Maycock and Margaret Grayson took part in the opening ceremony.
STARS: (From left) Diane Walsh, Denise Maycock and Margaret Grayson took part in the opening ceremony. Sophie Lester

Mrs Walsh said it was exciting to be part of a television crew but surreal to see herself on television.

Friends from England even rang the Killarney local to tell her she'd been spotted.

"I guess I knew it would have (travelled that far), but to get that confirmation that somebody overseas has seen it it's an amazing feeling,” Mrs Walsh said.

Mrs Walsh was sworn to secrecy after the filming in January, but rang her family on the day of the ceremony to ensure they were going to watch.

She said it was a great privilege to be part of the ceremony.

"It really felt like I'm a part owner, it gives you a feeling of not just being a part of it but for having ownership of it,” she said.



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