Page 4241 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 26 November 2013

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including the Canberra Capitals and of course the Canberra Cavalry. Richard and his wife Debbie support many other worthwhile causes, many charities around Canberra. Richard and Debbie have certainly shown their vision in coming on board with the Cavalry so early and so strong.

The players listed in the Cavalry roster are: pitchers, Casey Beck, Ethan Cole, Brian Grening, Jeff Lyman, Eric Massingham, Michael Morgan, Chris Motta, Kyle Perkins, Nick Puglise, Jon Berti, Sean Toler, Gavin Guuarrera, Steven Kent and Chris Morgan; catchers, Matt Blazynski, Taylor Davis, Jack Murphy and Robbie Perkins; infielders, Caleb Albrecht, Jeremy Barnes, Jon Berti, Casey Frawley, Josh Matavesi, Shane Optiz, Aaron Sloan, Sam Thornton and Michael Wells; outfielders, Antonio Callawy, Micke Crouse, Nick Kimpton and Ben Warner.

I hope that, with the success of baseball in this city and with the international success of the Cavalry, sports minister Andrew Barr might be inclined to perhaps direct some financial attention to the Narrabundah ball park. I know the Cavalry were pleased to get the upgrades in 2010 to allow them to start playing there but I also am aware that the Chief Minister offered them $5 million during the 2012 election. Sadly, most of that money is not likely to be seen for another three years, but perhaps this recent success might encourage both the Chief Minister and her sports minister and Treasurer to open the purse strings a little earlier and a little wider.

Congratulations, Cavalry. You have certainly made your mark, both in Canberra and on the competitive Asian baseball scene. Canberra is proud of you.

Young Canberra citizen of the year awards

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (5.25): I want to talk briefly about the young Canberra citizen of the year awards that were held last week and acknowledge the winners of a number of awards. Siblings Dainere Anthony and Jarrett Anthony were the joint recipients of this year’s young Canberra citizen of the year award in recognition of their leadership, courage and determination to raise awareness of paediatric brain tumours.

Ms Anthony lost her battle with brain cancer in June of this year but has been awarded this award with her brother. The award gives the ACT community another opportunity to recognise and reflect on the achievements of both Ms Anthony and her brother, Jarrett. I believe Dainere showed great strength in raising awareness of brain tumours and supporting others as she battled her own brain cancer. As I heard on the night, she touched many people and inspired many in the community by raising awareness of the illness.

Jarrett was drawing on his sister’s strength to continue the undertaking that they both had started, including being the highest individual fundraiser at this year’s City2Surf fun run. Mr Anthony will proudly honour his sister’s legacy when he takes on the responsibilities of the young Canberra citizen of the year.

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