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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2206..


MR SESELJA (continuing):

the Heart Foundation; Keith Todd from OzHelp; Fergus Nelson from Just Better Care; Peter Mundey from Canberra Imaging Group; Michael Will from DLA Phillips Fox; Jonathon Beaumont from Gillian Beaumont Legal; Terry Weber from PricewaterhouseCoopers; Rob Patterson, Community CPS Australia; Bill Andrews from Snedden Hall & Gallop; Sarah McPhillips from Bentleys of Canberra; Carol James, the Mayor of the Goulburn Mulwaree Council; Ann Cassidy from Calvary John James Hospital; Danny O'Brien, the Mulloon Institute; Maryanne Gore from Project Lighting; Anthony Willis from DLA Phillips Fox; Andrew Balmaks from Noetic Corporation; Laurie McDonald, Canberra Furnished Accommodation; David Inall, Cattle Council of Australia; Peter Murphy, Noetic Solutions Pty Ltd; Anna-Maria Arabia from the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies; Roslyn Dundas from ACTCOSS; David Templeman from Alcohol and Other Drugs Council; Roger Tall, Capital Chemist and Paperchain Bookstore; Bill Delves from Ernst & Young; Debra Cerasa from the Royal College of Nursing; Peter Howman from the DHA; Andrew Sayers, National Museum of Australia; Adrienne Moss, Rotary Club of Hall; Garth Morrison from GrayMorr Consulting; Tim Hyde from RiotACT; Chris Holmes from Single Cell; John Griggs from Webb Australia Group; Brendan Shaw, Medicines Australia; Gary Rumble, DLA Phillips Fox; David McCooey, General Manager, Ablaze Total Solutions; Evelyn Callaghan, Deakin and Park schools for early learning; Meredith Wright, Daltons Books; Martyn O'Connor, Parkhill Financial Group; Andrew Cappie-Wood from the Chief Minister's Department; Ilea Buffier from Ninetwofive Interiors; Hugh Chalmers, Meyer Vandenberg; Regina Neary, ACT Nursing Service; Tim Benson, B2B in Canberra; Stephen Parker, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra.

I have run out of time. Perhaps Ms Burch can take up the challenge. But well done to all those who participated in what was a wonderful event which raised a lot of money and hopefully a lot of awareness.

Mr Joshua Gordon

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (5.44): Last Friday night was one of the special occasions that we organise twice a year when we call together a group of friends to assist in raising funds for a worthy cause. On Friday last, 18 June, around 300 people joined us at the Southern Cross Club in Woden for our quiz night fundraising function which this year we dedicated to Joshua Gordon to try and help him reach for the stars.

Joshua Gordon is 20 years of age and an amazing young man. In February 2007 he began figure skating. He had never before been on the ice or skated. Within six weeks of beginning lessons, Joshua had passed 10 Aussie skate badges and within seven months he was representing Australia at the New Zealand national figure skating championships. He brought home the first gold medal ever won by an Australian in a Special Olympics division. In January 2008, Joshua won first prize in the technical preliminary division, in the mainstream competition, at the summer trophy competition in Brisbane.

Ten years ago Joshua was assessed as having autistic spectrum disorder, ASD, intellectual impairment II and level 6 speech language impairment, SLI. Despite his challenges, he has now qualified at intermediate men's level in his sport and has only three tests to pass to obtain senior men's qualifications under the testing program of the national federation, Ice Skating Australia.


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