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the country we definitely punch way above our weight, and when it comes to rising stars and elite athletes we have an amazing number of people who fall into those categories. We have amazing organisations, teams and volunteers who contribute to our communities and provide opportunities for everyone to have a go.
Tonight’s event will be a bit of a road show, and it will mean that recipients will be watching from their own venues. I will be taking myself and my team across to those venues to celebrate with individuals as well with people coming together and celebrating achievements in their own ways. The 2021 CBR Sports Awards will be held as a virtual online event from 5.30, and I encourage everybody here in the Assembly to get online and cheer on the amazing groups and individuals who have supported Canberra’s sporting community this year.
MS ORR: Minister, which athletes, teams and sporting organisations are recognised as this year’s finalists?
MS BERRY: Without giving too much away before tonight’s event, we will be celebrating some amazing and outstanding achievements of Canberra’s sporting community. The category awards celebrate our men’s, women’s and para athletes, including our fantastic Olympic and Paralympic athletes who competed in Tokyo this year.
We will also be celebrating rising stars and amazing teams in our community, recognising individuals who have provided outstanding service to sports as well as inducting individuals into the ACT Sport Hall of Fame. The finalists include some of our awesome Paralympians—Nikki Ayres, Vanessa Lowe and James Turner—as well as our awesome Olympic athletes like Patty Mills, Kelsey-Lee Barber and the rowing men’s quadruple scull team.
The CBR Sport Awards also recognise organisations and groups that have developed excellent programs and supported events and activities across three categories, including the minister’s inclusion, innovation and event excellence awards. The sports groups and teams that have been nominated for these awards include a diverse range of sports and groups from Athletics ACT, squash, rowing and table tennis. I congratulate late all of this year’s finalists and wish them all the very best of luck for tonight’s event.
MR PETTERSSON: Minister, why is it important to recognise the work of Canberra’s sporting community following a challenging year?
MS BERRY: I thank Mr Pettersson and acknowledge his interest in all things sports across the ACT. This year has, indeed, brought many challenges, and so tonight is the opportunity to sit back and reflect on all of the success of our sporting communities and excellent athletes. I expend a big thank you to all levels of sport in Canberra who have had an extended period of time on the sidelines from August to October who were able to reactivate and re-initiate our sporting activities and meet some of the challenges even as we continue through the health pandemic under the health directions.