Page 4408 - Week 10 - Thursday, 22 September 2011

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A talented midfielder, Ben’s excellent elimination and passing skills were complemented by a high work rate. He played 83 international games, scoring 15 goals. Ben capped his best 12 months in international hockey with a silver medal at the 2001 championship trophy tournament, Rotterdam, and a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.

Another very worthy inductee was Joan Kellett OAM from swimming. Joan Kellett has dedicated more than 40 years to the sport of swimming within the ACT and surrounding area, much of it as president of the local peak swimming body. Her contribution has spanned both administration and active officiating. Joan has clocked up more hours officiating at swimming events than any other person in the ACT and she is still an active official.

Joan joined the Dickson Swimming Club in 1967 and was involved in initiating a free learn-to-swim program. She was awarded life membership of the Dickson Swimming Club for her dedicated service. In addition to her swimming activities, Joan spent many years involved in the Girl Guides. She was a member of the YMCA board and a community representative in the ACT Schools Authority and is still on the board of Turner school.

There were two more nominees; time is going to beat me to give them due recognition but one of them was Tim Sheens from rugby league, who of course coached the Raiders to, I think, four premierships. He was instrumental in rebuilding the Raiders after the 1992 loss of a number of seniors, and in 1994 they won their third premiership. Tim managed to take the Raiders to eight finals series.

The other was Brennon Dowrick from gymnastics. Brennon Dowrick is one of Australia’s most successful gymnasts. He has represented Australia at two Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and seven world championships. Brennon was Australia’s first ever gymnastics Commonwealth Games gold medallist in 1990, a feat he repeated in 1994. He was Australia’s first Olympic Games finalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and in the near future Brennon and his business partners will be opening their first all-round gymnastics centre on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

I would just like to once again congratulate the ActewAGL ACT Sport Hall of Fame inductees and the management and committee of ACTSport on the fine work that they do in recognising our athletes and in representing the whole sporting community in Canberra.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.53 pm until Tuesday, 18 October 2011, at 10 am.

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