Page 537 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 23 February 2010

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The AUSTSWIM awards went to outstanding contribution to AUSTSWIM, Lyn McDermott; ACT AUSTSWIM swim school of the year, AIS swim school’s, Ali Parvizi; ACT AUSTSWIM teacher of swimming and water safety, Tony Streets from CISAC; ACT AUSTSWIM teacher of infant and preschool aquatics, Kate Lowe of the AIS; ACT AUSTSWIM presenter award, Lyn McDermott; and the Royal Life Saving Society Australia rescue medal, the Waser family, Elise Waser, Barton Waser and Jon Waser, for the rescue of a family of five people stuck in a rip at Broulee Beach.

Congratulations to all of those worthy recipients. We had the opportunity on the day to meet some of them. I would like to, again, commend the Royal Life Saving Society for the amazing work that they do.

I would like to also make mention of the Sparke Helmore corporate challenge which happened over the weekend as part of the Stromlo running festival. Laura Stuart from the Assembly actually organised a team. The Assembly team was small but it was very determined, can I say. And we need to put on the record that it included two members of the Assembly, Mr Hanson and I, and a number of staff. It was indeed Bianca Elmir, the Greens staffer, who left us all in the dust and was the person who did the most laps. I think a number of us got to six laps but Bianca was probably a good kilometre ahead, I would say, of the nearest rival in her team. Well done to Bianca.

I was very pleased that I was able to beat Jeremy Hanson. Jeremy says to me that he actually deferred to my leadership and that is why I won. I have got to take my hat off to Jeremy because he is an excellent actor because he looked buggered when I ran past him. So not only did he defer to my leadership, he actually played the part of looking like he was really struggling. But Jeremy did very well to finish; very good for an old fellow. So well done, Jeremy.

Well done to Laura Stuart for organising it. It was good fun and hopefully in future such events we will see more MLAs, more staff, so that we can rack up the kilometres we need. I think we racked up 49 kilometres in total. I think the winning team did about 156 or something along those lines but we had a lot fewer competitors than many of the other teams. I think it was a commendable effort.

Well done particularly to the ACT Cross Country Club and all of the sponsors, Sparke Helmore and the other sponsors who got behind it. It is a fantastic event and I commend all of the participants for their efforts.

Our Wellness Foundation

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (5.33): I just want to talk in the adjournment debate today about the Our Wellness Foundation event that was held at Reconciliation Place on Sunday. I had the pleasure of joining fellow MLAs Steve Doszpot, Alastair Coe and Brendan Smyth. We were with a few other local identities. Our role was to take part in the paper aeroplane competition.

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