Page 827 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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Tuggeranong Vikings—sports awards

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (4.50): I rise to make mention of one of my favourite local community clubs, the Tuggeranong Vikings, and their local sports awards, which were held at the Vikings club in the town centre late last month. I was joined there by my colleagues Nicole Lawder and Andrew Wall from this side. Mick Gentleman from the other side was also there. I know that they would join me in saying what a wonderful night it was. It was held down in the lower function area. It was absolutely packed full of volunteers and athletes and their parents and families.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Vikings Group for shining such a positive light on so many grassroots sporting organisations in my electorate of Brindabella. Congratulations to all of the athletes and local clubs.

I make mention of a couple of the winners: Kelsey-Lee Roberts from South Canberra Tuggeranong Athletic Club, who won the Sportsmans Warehouse Outstanding Achievement award, and Ryan Lonergan from Vikings rugby, who won the ActewAGL Outstanding Junior Achievement award.

The Southern Canberra Gymnastics Club level 5 to 10 WAG team picked up the Power Kart Raceway Shield for outstanding team performance in Tuggeranong. Val Chesterton from Calwell Little Athletics won the Coca-Cola Shield for outstanding coaching or officiating. Deanne Booth and Karen Flick from Tuggeranong Netball Association won the Vikings Health and Fitness Centre award for outstanding volunteer contribution to sport.

I am so proud of our local community clubs and what they do in our suburban communities. I note that I do not believe the casino would ever run a night like the Vikings sports awards. Long live our community clubs.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.52 pm.

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