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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993

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Parliamentary Record 21


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 1993 with women. I mention here that additional funding has been included in the budget this year for the Girls in Education Program. I will mention some of the attributes that come from sporting activities within schools and I include quite emphatically the benefits coming from team sports. I believe team sports are greatly underrated. My youngest daughter became involved in the excellent team sport of softball. She was not a sportswoman of any great note, and I mean no disrespect to her in saying that. She has done reasonably well in all she has attempted, but she was always one to stay with the group, so to speak. Participation in team sport gave her much more than recreational and physical exercise. It contributed self-confidence, self-esteem, a spirit of cooperation and other personal characteristics that enhanced her natural attributes. This is an aspect that is often overlooked when criticism is made of team sports, particularly in connection with schools. There are states in Australia which condemn and prohibit the playing of a team sport, particularly in primary schools. I would like to ensure that it is on the record that, in the Northern Territory, we acknowledge the full range of benefits to be obtained through the playing of team sports. In my experience, young people who may demonstrate behavioural problems that are reflected in their educational progress benefit enormously from the increased self-esteem that can follow from their involvement in team sports. In turn, that increased self-confidence is reflected in an improvement in their school work as they feel better able to cope. If a young person has nothing to feel proud of, is not achieving in the classroom and has little status in the playground, life is extremely difficult for them. I have witnessed at first hand the benefits that accrue from involvement in team sports in particular. The participants do not need necessarily to excel, but the personal satisfaction and improved status that comes from working successfully with a team of their peers can lead, in turn, to an improved capacity to learn as they find a good reason to go to school and a good reason to feel happy about themselves. I have been involved as patron of a number of women's sports organisations and as a spectator of even more. In the Northern Territory, the level of support given by the government and by individual departments is second to none in Australia. I have witnessed some excellent achievements by young women in the Northern Territory, most of which originated in school activities, and I will mention a couple very quickly. Some of these are people known to yourself, Mr Speaker. The grandfather of young Nova Peris worked with the Legislative Assembly for many years. Mr Vale: I have just said that. Mr FINCH: I am pleased that you acknowledged Nova. I believe Nova refers to herself as a 'bit of a ratbag', but that is far from being correct. She is a lovely young lady who certainly has done extremely well in hockey. She is now chasing 1996 Olympic selection. Secondly, Selvie Demiri from Nhulunbuy is hailed as the Territory's golden girl of track and pool events after winning 5 gold and 2 silver medals at the 1993 Australian Blind Championships. In the school precinct, that lovely young lady is second to none. Academically, she is among those at the top of her class. It is pleasing to see that she excels at sport as well. Some sports are more active than others. I have been involved with the Darts Association for a. long time. With encouragement from the seniors, our junior group has made its mark in a national sense. Nicole Dobson and Erin Stanton, who are both under 15 years of age, are the Australian junior 10 184