House debates

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Statements by Members

Special Olympics Australia

1:52 pm

Photo of Jason FalinskiJason Falinski (Mackellar, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

A few weeks ago I had the great privilege to play cricket and present awards to athletes taking part in the Special Olympics festival of sport, held at the Narrabeen Lakeside Holiday Park in my electorate. Over 100 participants from all over New South Wales and the ACT stayed at the park for the weekend. Athletes were nurtured and encouraged to become part of the team by participating in a variety of fun games with an emphasis on involvement and achievement.

I would like to thank Cameron Brownjohn, chairman of the Special Olympics Australia and my cricket partner, for his work with Special Olympics all over the country. I'd also like to pay special thanks to the chair of the Special Olympics Northern Beaches, Rex Langthorne AM; vice chair, Dave Walton; sports coordinator, Lorraine Clark; and secretary, Kim Savage, along with Andrea Werner and Cathy Vineberg, for their tireless work in organising such a great weekend. The work you do on the Northern Beaches to support people with disability is an example to all.

Finally, I want to thank all the volunteers from NRMA, who gave up their weekends. Without you this weekend would not have been possible. Thanks also for support from Hireup, which is a fantastic digital platform that is changing the way we interact and support people with disability.