House debates

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Statements by Members

Syed, Miss Daniya Atif, Western Suburbs Rugby League Referees Association

1:36 pm

Photo of Anne StanleyAnne Stanley (Werriwa, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I would like to congratulate Daniya Atif Syed, a 17-year-old Bardia student who was named the 2021 Western Sydney Young Woman of the Year at the 2021 Western Sydney Women Awards. Daniya attends Unity Grammar, which is an excellent and innovative school in my electorate. I've had the privilege of visiting Unity Grammar many times and speaking to students, including Miss Syed. Daniya is an inspiration to our community. Her proud parents told me that she is passionate about new and emerging technologies and is developing several solutions to help people with disability or who are older. The award acknowledged her charity and volunteer work as well. Daniya has received a number of other awards this year. Many congratulations.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to recognise the Western Suburbs Rugby League Referees Association for achieving 100 years of officiating in our community. A dinner was held last week to recognise former members for their achievements in refereeing tests and ground finals. As a former member of the association, I want to thank all of the volunteers who mentor and officiate at games throughout every season. But I would especially like to recognise the chairman, and active referee, Colin White. He has been in an executive position in the association for many years, and this year attained 50 years as a member of the association. That's a magnificent achievement.