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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007

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Parliamentary Record 12


Debates for 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; Parliamentary Record; ParliamentNT




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DEBATES Wednesday 14 February 2007 3904 Madam Acting Deputy Speaker, I now move to complete the trio of Centralians celebrated this Australia Day; that is, Kelvin Caspani, Young Centralian of the Year. Twenty-year-old Kelvin, who is a school teacher at Alice Springs High School, is an outstanding sportsman, having achieved many sporting accolades. In 2004, Kelvin was selected in both the Territory mens Open and Under 18 touch teams and the elite training camp. Kelvin then went on to be selected in the Australian Under 18 squad. In 2002, he won the Hourglass Challenge Tennis Tournament, a Tennis Australia sanctioned event. 2004 also saw Kelvin play in and win the premiership of the Townsville Mens Touch Competition with Brothers. Kelvin also won Player of the Final for his performance in the game. In 2005, Kelvin attended two Australian touch training camps in preparation for the Youth World Cup. Following the training camps, he represented Australia in the Under 18s Mixed touch team in the Youth World Cup, winning a gold medal. During 2005, Kelvin continued to participate in the local Alice Springs touch competition, captaining and coaching the Alice Springs Mens Open touch team and attaining selection in the Northern Territory Open team. Kelvin was Vice-Captain of the Territory Mens Open touch team in the Australia Cup where they finished runners up. Kelvin also attended the Territory touch elite training camp this year. Kelvin won dual premierships with the A Grade Rugby Union club, Warriors, where he played on the wing and as a full back. Kelvin represented the Southern Cross Barbarians Open Mens touch team at the National Touch League Championships, receiving the Players Player Award for the tournament in 2005 and the Coaches Award in 2004. Not to favour any one code of football, Kelvin captained Central Memorial A Grade Rugby League club, winning the Best and Fairest Award and finishing runners up for the season. Kelvin, along with the Charles Darwin University AFL team, won the premiership at the inter-school challenge. In both 2004 and 2005, Kelvin won the Sportsman of the Year Award. He also won the Caltex All Rounder Award and the Physical Education Award at Charles Darwin University. In 2005, Kelvin was nominated for the Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year Award in the sport category. 2006 was another year of sporting achievements for Kelvin. For the third consecutive year, Kelvin and his team played in the Alice Springs A Grade Rugby Union competition and he achieved Man of the Match in the grand final playing at full back. Also, Kelvin was Vice-Captain of the Northern Territory Mens touch team in the Barbarians Cup held in Perth, winning Best and Fairest out of all the teams participating in the competition. Furthermore, Kelvin was selected for the Barbarians in Coffs Harbour at the National Touch Tournament. Clearly, this young man is a very versatile, skilled sportsman, achieving success as a player of all forms of the league, whether it is Rugby League or Rugby Union, Australian Rules or touch football. My heartfelt congratulations and admiration go to Kelvin for the outstanding contribution he has made to sport to Alice Springs, Central Australia and the Northern Territory as well as Australia generally. Madam Acting Deputy Speaker, I have spoken about three impressive people from Central Australia. They all deserve the thanks and the congratulations of all members of the Legislative Assembly. Dr Burns: Hear, hear! Ms CARNEY: Hear, hear! Thank you. They are truly outstanding people; all of them are very different. I doubt that they even knew each other before they were joined as outstanding Centralians this year in January. However, I know they have all spoken to each other since and they will forever share this great honour. These three people in their own way really have made magnificent contributions. I join with members not only in congratulating them, but taking my hat off to them. Motion agreed to; the Assembly adjourned.