Thursday, 3 December 2015
Statements by Members
Calare Electorate: Local Sporting Champions
It is with great pleasure I rise in the House today to speak about some of the very talented young sportsmen and women we have in Calare. The second round of Local Sporting Champions have been picked and will receive a $500 grant to support their passion, helping them pay for transport to get to competitions or allowing them to purchase better equipment. The recipients include Tamara Thompson from Kelso, Nicholas Job from Parkes, Matthew Reeks from Blayney, Erin Naden from Orange, Phoebe Litchfield from Windera, Jack Cole from Orange, Darcie Campbell from Mount Rankin, Phillipa Mannix from Orange, Georgia Kiel from Orange, Megan Redpath from Mount Rankin, Jackson Willis from Ophir, Jacob Mitchell from Parkes, Luke Mutton from Kelso, Robert Van Gend from O'Connell, Jordan Bruce from Orange and Aiden Kelly from Orange.
I congratulate each of them for their commitment to their sport, whether it be hockey, soccer or softball. Each of them is a budding expert at what they do. As a young person, I played football and cricket, and I have to say some of the great memories of my life are of team sport and the people and the team mates I did it with. I encourage each of these young people to continue with their dedication to training, as I believe being involved in physical activity and, in particular, team sport, is one of the greatest things that young people can do.