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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 doubles champions. The national junior championships will be held in Darwin in December. That is an indication of the status of Territory darts. Senior players, Eileen Wilson and Sue Stanton, are the Australian Ladies Couples Grand Masters, whilst Ivy Hampton and Dot Butler have represented Australia a number of times. Samantha Docherty, a young lady from my electorate, was selected for the Women's All Star 5 in the NT under 18 girls' basketball team that won the Sydney Cup. In softball, Kerry Dienelt was a Territory junior player. I think she is now a league player in the United States. She was back in Australia earlier this year and was involved with the Australian softball team. Paige Walling is a member of the Australian AIS Hockey Team. Stacey Crane is a member of the Australian under 21 AIS netball squad. I am a patron of the Touch football. Many young women, such as Sarah McKinnon, Sarah Cooper and Michele Ah Mat, are right up among the most competitive. The Territory women's touch team hold themselves very well in the national arena. In swimming, Carly Dove is the daughter of one of our high school principals. She is the current NT junior sportswomen and is currently ranked l8th nationally in open competition in the 1500 m. Another swimmer, Jackie Grant, managed the Australian team for the Australia/New Zealand Aged Championships this year. In surf lifesaving, Rebecca Crack won both the NT junior and senior women's championships in the recent Territory event that was held in Gove. Those are just a few of many women and young ladies who have excelled in sport for the Northern Territory. As I mentioned earlier, many of those young women have gained their start through school sports. I have no doubt that the promotion of sport and encouraging young women to maximise their involvement can do nothing but good for the people involved for the Territory and for Australia as a whole. Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Speaker, I want to make some comments in support of this statement. I take a keen interest in sporting activities generally and I have a particular interest in this area. I started to play hockey at the age of 8 when it was not quite the popular sport it is now that Australia is winning medals at the Olympic Games. I had to suffer the slings and arrows of being accused of playing a girl's game. It is with some pride and satisfaction that I not only continue to play the odd game of hockey, but that I am also patron of the Alice Springs Hockey Association. In recent years, the association has seen an organisational amalgamation of the men's and women's competitions. As a participant and patron, it gives me some satisfaction to point out that hockey has been a means by which many young women and some not so young women have achieved champion status as Territory representatives in Australian competitions. Some have attained Australian selection at various levels. Those achievements are something that we should place on record. Mention has been made already of the names of some of those involved. I want to stress participation, as well as the champions. There are 2 objectives in sporting competition: one is to achieve excellence and the other is to maximise participation. Mr Poole: That is what I said. Mr BELL: And it is absolutely right. I endorse the minister's statement in that regard. I have said it previously in this Assembly and in 10 185