Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Statements by Members
Durack Electorate: Mid West Academy of Sport
I am very pleased to speak today about the Mid West Academy of Sport led by executive officer, Marty FitzSimons, and chair, Gary Clark—two names that are synonymous with Western Australian sport. The Mid West Academy of Sport provides a high-performance training environment for talented Mid West athletes. The academy commenced services in January 2014 and supports and services the development of athletes, coaches and officials throughout the Mid West in my electorate of Durack.
Earlier this month I had the privilege of attending the academy's 2016 scholarship ceremony. The night was a very uplifting event recognising the many talented athletes, coaches and officials who call the Mid West home. I would like to congratulate all those who received scholarships on the evening.
I want to take a few seconds to mention some of the athletes who received scholarships: Lexie Stone, Emma Burke, Alex Ducas, Emily Winterbine, Daniel Jacques, Phoebe Vlahov, Ringo McKenna, Jack Osborn, Flynn Scott, Ellie Pead, Liam Follington and Abby Benham. I would also like to acknowledge the netball coaches who have received scholarships: Mischa Westlake and Adelle Auld; netball officials: Nadine Eva and Kelly Eastough and Nick Short who is also an official for the swimming fraternity.
With the time remaining I would like to acknowledge the Midwest Gascoyne Netball Region. I have proudly just become their patron. I look forward to seeing many netball games and if I have to pull on the boots, well, so be it!