Page 5480 - Week 15 - Tuesday, 8 December 2009

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I would like to reiterate that I am very encouraged that the media in the ACT recognise the importance of covering women’s sport. Clearly, better media coverage leads to better opportunities to gain individual and team sponsorships. It leads to increased salaries for female athletes and increased competitive opportunities for sportswomen and certainly lifts the morale of everybody. It improves and raises the exposure of young girls to positive, healthy female role models pursuing excellence in their particular field.

That is why it is so very important to recognise our female athletes and our female teams and to recognise the work that the media does in supporting and promoting them whenever they get the opportunity, as we should in this place.

DLA Phillips Fox triathlon

White Ribbon Day

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (3.43): Today I want to make brief mention of the DLA Phillips Fox corporate triathlon, which I had the opportunity to compete in recently, on Sunday, 29 November. I competed as part of the Meyer Vandenberg team, which put in a fantastic showing. I think that they put the greatest number of teams in the triathlon, so well done to Meyer Vandenberg. Indeed, in the short course—short division, non-government mixed—they came first and second. They did very well and put in a fantastic showing. I had the opportunity to run in the long course, and hopefully did not slow the team down too much.

It was quite an enjoyable day. To all the team at Meyer Vandenberg—Garreth Harms, who helped organise; Archie Tsirimokos; and all those who participated—let me say that it was a wonderful team event and a very enjoyable day. To all the sponsors—Phillips Fox and others—who supported the event, let me say that there were many people there, including at least one other member of the Assembly: as I look down the list, I see a team called the Barrbarians, which finished 25th in the short course. I am not sure if that has anything to do with our own Andrew Barr, but it may well have, because I saw him there on the day.

Well done to all those who competed. One of the great things about events like this is that you do see the community getting behind people, you do see people participating and you do see a lot of people volunteering a lot of their time. Triathlon is a fantastic event. Thank you again to the organisers. Thank you to Meyer Vandenberg for allowing me to be part of their team and to participate—and for the wonderful way they made me feel welcome on the day. I just wanted to also—

Ms Gallagher: Everyone is—

MR SESELJA: Ms Gallagher is keen to get up.

Ms Gallagher: It is not me, mate. It is everyone else.

MR SESELJA: I have not sat down yet. I just saw Ms Gallagher get up; I do not know what is going on.

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