Page 2186 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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Secondary School. Her dedication and enthusiasm have been remarkable. From the moment she stepped through our doors, it was evident that this young lady possessed a remarkable sense of ambition and a thirst for knowledge.

With each passing day she embraced work with unwavering determination, demonstrating maturity, which included researching developments in my electorate, Ginninderra, and helping to draft developments focusing on child care. Rachel also studied the Positive Behaviour for Learning program. She also researched projects on what domestic violence programs or organisations are being underfunded.

Throughout her work experience she displayed exceptional professionalism and a strong work ethic. Her eagerness to learn and her ability to adapt quickly have allowed her to take on responsibilities and excel in every task assigned to her.

This experience has been about not only her learning from us, but also us learning from her. She has reminded me of the importance of embracing fresh perspectives and nurturing the talents of the next generation. As she completes her work experience with us, I have no doubt that she will go on to achieve great things. Her determination, passion and commitment are the foundations upon which success is built.

To Rachel, a remarkable young woman, I want to express my sincere gratitude for the outstanding contribution you have made during your time in my office. Your dedication has left an indelible mark and we are confident that you have a bright future ahead. Congratulations on your achievements thus far, and I wish you nothing but continued success in all of your future endeavours, Rachel.

Sport and recreation—golf

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (5.56): A few weeks ago, I hosted in my office Jean, who was doing work experience. Jean was welcomed into my office to experience what happens in the office of a busy MLA, to see what happens here at the ACT Legislative Assembly. In her time with Team Davis, she wrote the following adjournment speech reflecting on her own experiences and her wish to share them on behalf of other young Canberrans. As such, I am incredibly humbled and proud to present this speech on Jean’s behalf, with her incredible passion for young people and sport, particularly golf. I am reading this on Jean’s behalf. Here is what she said about why young kids should play golf:

What is golf? Golf is a low intensity and non-contact sport that provides a wide range of benefits. Most young people think of golf as a stereotypical way old rich people will waste their money on sticks, but that is not the case. I grew up a sporty kid but I could never build a nice connection with teammates, and then I started playing golf. Of course it started out tough but I was willing to put in the effort and along the way I found a wonderful community of caring people who just wanted to see me succeed.

I am not going to get Johnathan to just talk about me, so I am going to state my point on why young kids should play golf and how we can encourage them to try. Firstly, sports are tied to self-esteem and when you chuck a bunch of kids who think they are all better than another person, it can really affect a child’s self-esteem. Golf, on the other hand, provides a positive game where you are


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