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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (8 March) . .

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The vital role that the Catholic Education Office and the Catholic Education Commission play here in the ACT cannot be overstated. It is fortunate for the ACT government that the Catholic Education Commission has seen fit over a number of years to plan ahead and to build schools in areas of increasing demand.

With so many ACT public schools becoming overcrowded and the preschool year being proposed as an optional year of learning for some families who cannot access a place at a local preschool, non-government schooling will play an even greater role in educating Canberra's children. I congratulate the Catholic Education Office, the Catholic Education Commission and Canberra's Catholic schools—their principals, their teachers and their staff—for the great work they do and for their significant contribution to education in the ACT.

Tuggeranong Vikings sports awards

MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.57): I rise this afternoon to speak about the award recipients at the 2015 Tuggeranong Vikings Rugby Union and Sports Club awards that I recently had the privilege of attending, on 19 February, with my colleague Mr Smyth.

The night, conducted in the auditorium at the Tuggeranong Vikings club at Erindale with a packed room, staged several awards. I would like to congratulate all those that were nominated in the various categories for their outstanding contribution to not just the sporting code of their choice but the community more broadly.

I would like to pay particular congratulations to the winners on the night. Chris Currie from the Panthers Volleyball Club was the winner of the Vikings 24/7 Fitness award in recognition of his role as a volunteer. Chris has held the position of president within the club for the past 10 years. He has a passion for volleyball which has also seen him work in coaching roles as well as convening the ACT high schools competition and the primary schools program.

Tuggeranong Netball Association's division 1 state league team were the winners of the Power Kart Raceway award for best team performance. The division 1 team managed to take out the grand final at the ACT state league competition for the first time in 19 years, such a well-deserved win for the club and the team alike.

Valeriy Shuster from Canberra gymnastics took out the club Coca-Cola shield award for outstanding coaching or officiating achievements. Valeriy's coaching saw four of his gymnasts receive podium results at the 2015 nationals. He has been a stalwart of the Tuggeranong gymnastics club.

Felicia Thomas from the Tuggeranong Vikings BMX Club was awarded the ActewAGL shield for outstanding achievement in junior sport in Tuggeranong. Felicia has amassed a number of big wins this year, and is currently the reigning 14-year-old girls ACT state champion and the Australian nationals champion for girls aged 13 to 14 years in the cruiser class, to name just a few of her achievements.


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