Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Statements by Members
Fisher Electorate: Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
With a population nearing 300,000, the Sunshine Coast is punching well above its weight, with no fewer than 12 of the Olympians representing Australia in Rio last month having lived or trained on the coast. Of those 12, eight hailed from my electorate of Fisher. It is with great pride that I inform the House that the Fisher Olympians returned from Rio with two silver and three bronze medals.
Shining under the tutelage of swim coach Chris Mooney from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Leah Neale and Taylor McKeown both won silver: Leah in the women's 4 x 200 freestyle relay and Taylor in the women's 4 x 100 medley relay. Jake Packard, also coached by Mooney, took away a well-deserved bronze medal in the men's 4 x 100 medley relay. Also in the water, 18-year-old Chelsea Gubecka, from the Kawana Waters Swimming Club, came 15th in the women's 10-kilometre open water swim.
In archery, Ryan Tyack, from the Sunshine Coast Archery Club, put in a great performance to help clinch bronze in the men's team bronze medal match. Also hailing from the coast, Buderim born Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull, from my home town of Alexandra Headland, fought valiantly to place eighth in the K2 500-metre kayaking final. Also, Alana Boyd placed fourth in the pole vault final.