Page 774 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 26 February 2013
motorbikes, the show has much more importance than that. The annual show conducts one of the largest junior parader and junior judging competitions in Australia. For those who are not familiar with these events, their purpose is to teach young people how to handle livestock and how to judge them. They are enormously popular, and for the Canberra show these competitions attract nearly 500 students between the ages of 14 and 18 years. Each year over a dozen schools from around New South Wales and the ACT attend the show and enter steers, sheep, art, crafts and alpacas.
This year 37 students from Canberra Grammar School entered steers in the hoof and hook competition and competed in cattle parade competitions and also sheep and cattle judging. They were: Amro Aseeri, Andrew Kini, Andrew Wilder-Constantin, Benjamin Croker, Benjamin Cumming, Bradley Bolton, Brayden Sloan, Calum Taylor, Charlie Templeman, Damian Thomson, Elliot Tanaka, Ethan Barryman, Ewan Boyes, Harrison Seagelman, Isaac Hampton, Jackson Barry, Jacob West, James Goddard, Jimmy Binks, Joe Hall-Lomax, Jonathon Moore, Kieran Gosney, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Wilder-Constatin, Matthew Clearwater, Max Hood, Nat Harper, Oliver Farfield-Smith, Patrick Fisher, Phillip Burn, Reagan Vickers, Sean Chan, Thomas Pickard, Toby Nolan, Tom Killalea, and Zachary Martin.
In other years Kaleen High School has entered goats in the goat competition and for the first time Melrose high had a student—Michelle Fairall—in the beef parader and beef judging competitions. For the first time Queanbeyan High School won the prestigious hoof and hook championship, beating commercial breeders from around New South Wales.
I congratulate all the students who took part in those competitions. I also record my thanks to the schools that arranged for students to participate—to the teachers who take time out of school hours to train the students and bring their students to the show to ensure they get hands-on, value-added experience for their agriculture and science studies. We talk a lot about quality teachers, and that is the mark of a quality teacher—they are prepared to go a little bit further for their students. Well done to those schools and to their teachers. I hope more Canberra schools put entries in next year.
I would like to congratulate all the organisers of the livestock competition who do all this work voluntarily: Ian Barklamb, who heads a team of cattle section volunteers; Debbie Frater, who runs the junior competitions and is supported by Sue White from here in the Assembly and Stuart Glover and Geoff Bush from the Agricultural Societies Council; and Michael Corkhill and Ben Litchfield in the sheep and wool sections.
There are also dozens of other councillors who run the cooking competitions, the art and craft shows and demonstrations, horticultural produce competitions, the dog show, the horse show, alpaca competitions, yard dog displays, flyball competitions, the cat show, the cavy show, the farmyard nursery, the woodchop and special attractions in the main arena. I congratulate them all on the volunteer contribution they make to the annual enjoyment of Canberra families.