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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 1 Hansard (25 February) . . Page.. 121..


Also, as part of the awards night each year, the Tuggeranong Vikings Club provides scholarships to up and coming sports talents. This year scholarships were awarded to: Carrie Altinger, Brindabella Calisthenics; Chloe Ironside, Tuggeranong Vikings Swim Club; Alexander Floros, Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club; Jo Pivac, Tuggeranong Netball Association; Armande Oringo, Tuggeranong Vikings BMX Club; Leeley Rodrigo, Tuggeranong Netball Association; Brandon Bardsley, South Canberra Tuggeranong Athletics Club; Josh Waller, Tuggeranong Vikings Swim Club; Lauren Brennan and Lachlan Trabinger, Tuggeranong Vikings Water Polo Club.

These awards are an outstanding way to recognise the talented sportspeople within the Tuggeranong valley. The contribution that the licensed clubs make within the territory more widely to sporting clubs and community groups needs to be recognised here as well. Without the ongoing support of clubs like Vikings to community organisations like this, and the funding and in-kind support that they provide, many of these achievements would never have been possible. These awards are always a wonderful opportunity to recognise these talents, and I once again commend the Vikings sports awards to the Assembly.

Church Service

Schools—St Mary MacKillop College

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (5.57): I would just like to echo my colleague Giulia Jones's comments about the special service held at St Paul's yesterday. It was a very inspiring service and it was good to see a lot of our colleagues there. I particularly would like to thank Dr Bourke for coming along to join us. I think it showed some courage to come along, and we welcomed your attendance there.

It was my great pleasure to attend the St Mary MacKillop College opening mass last Friday, 21 February 2014. I was joined by our former Assembly colleague Zed Seselja, now Senator for Canberra, and we were both honoured to be included with a selection of students and other community members to read the prayers of the faithful.

This was my sixth attendance at the celebration of a new school year in the company of the St Mary MacKillop College community and, as usual, it was a very inspirational event with around 1,800 students and parents in attendance at the only place that is big enough in the Tuggeranong area to hold all those attendees—the Tuggeranong basketball stadium next to the Southern Cross Club, a venue that has been its saviour for the last four to five years.

This year was an extra special occasion as the college welcomed His Grace Archbishop Christopher Prowse, the new Archbishop of Canberra, who presided over the celebration with members of the clergy, Father Lachlan Coll and Deacon Vince Barclay. Other special guests included the chairman of the board of MacKillop college, Mr Denis O'Connor, and staff and students from many Canberra schools and colleges, plus parents and past students of MacKillop college.

My personal thanks to principal Mr Michael Lee and his staff who always provide a very warm welcome to all visitors. It is always a privilege to join such a dynamic,


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