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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (20 February) . .

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target. And it is disgraceful that the federal government demonstrates such disregard for evidence-based policymaking that it continues to go after our Bureau of Statistics. The federal government is gutless. It is cowardly. It continues to treat Canberran public servants as chess pieces. Its actions should be universally condemned. I hope my colleagues on all sides of this chamber stand with me in doing so.

Sport—Vikings Club Group

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (5.23): I rise today to pay tribute to the Vikings Club Group in Tuggeranong and the amazing support that they continue to give grassroots sport in the Tuggeranong Valley. I shared a wonderful evening with, among others, the Speaker, Ms Lawder and Mr Milligan at the Vikings Club in Tuggeranong town centre for the Vikings sports awards on Friday night just gone. These awards recognise outstanding achievements by the Tuggeranong Valley's local athletes, teams, coaches and volunteers, and they were certainly all there in force. The night was wonderfully hosted by Caitlyn Chalmers from the WIN TV newsroom.

Special guests included Caroline Buchanan, the multiple world champion who is recovering after a major injury setback from late last year. But you would not know it! She is doing really well. I think Caroline's story is so important in the context of the Vikings sports awards. She came to the sport through the Vikings BMX club and she epitomises the story of grassroots involvement that led ultimately to the creation of a world champion. Caroline was there paying tribute to the Vikings and those who volunteered to make her first bike club work for her. The Vikings have certainly developed the reputation as the home of amateur sport in the Tuggeranong Valley—a total of 51 affiliated sporting and social clubs representing 33 different sports and activities.

As for the awards, the outstanding senior achievement, the Sportsman's Warehouse HR Heher shield award, went to Kelsey-Lee Roberts from the South Canberra Tuggeranong Athletics Club. Outstanding junior achievement, the ActewAGL shield, went to Connor Frew from Calwell Little Athletics. The best team performance, the Power Kart Raceway shield, went to the state league division 1 team from the Tuggeranong Netball Association. Outstanding coaching achievement, the Coca Cola shield, went to Chris Tarlinton from the Tuggeranong Vikings Touch Club; and the outstanding volunteer contribution, the Vikings 24.7 fitness award, went to Sharon Wright from the Tuggeranong Vikings baseball club.

Additionally, the recipients of the 2018 Vikings Group affiliate club scholarships, were: Caitlin Banton from Lake Tuggeranong rowing; Georgia Keane from the Southern Canberra Gymnastics Club; Aidan Pitt from the South Canberra Tuggeranong Athletics Club; Caitlin Keen from Tuggeranong Netball Association; Mackenzie Smith from Tuggeranong Valley lawn bowls; Joshua Roberts from Tuggeranong Vikings Hockey Club; Abbey Jameson from the Tuggeranong Netball Association; Brodie McCann from the Tuggeranong Vikings Touch; James Tough from Tuggeranong Vikings Hockey Club; and Ethan Lowey from the Tuggeranong Vikings Swim Club.


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