Ms JODIE HARRISON ( Charlestown ) ( 12:01 :50 ): I congratulate the athletes selected for the Australian Olympic team who will represent Australia on the highest sporting stage at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. On behalf of members on this side of the House, I wish the entire team success in Rio. I particularly recognise the contribution of athletes from New South Wales and the thousands of hours of preparation they have put into achieving their selection. I also acknowledge the contribution of the NSW Institute of Sport and the 81 athletes from the institute who are competing in Rio.


Quite a number of athletes from the Lake Macquarie and Charlestown area are representing our country in Rio. Richie Campbell will be competing in the water polo. He studied at St Joseph's Primary School and St Pius X High School. I am sure Richie will ably represent us. Katie Rae Ebzery has been selected in the basketball team. Katie attended St Paul's Primary School and St Mary's High School at Gateshead in my electorate. Thomas Fraser‑Holmes will be competing in the 200 metres freestyle, the 200 metres individual medley, the four x 200 metres freestyle relay and the 400 metres individual medley swimming events. Thomas studied at St Joseph's Primary School—commonly known as St Joey's—and St Francis Xavier College, or SFX, in Hamilton.

Ben Haradine is one of our well-loved characters from the Hunter and is representing us in athletics and discus. He attended Warners Bay High School in my electorate. That wonderful school also has a great performing arts section. Iain Jensen and Nathan Outteridge will be competing in sailing. Iain attended Rathmines Public School and Merewether High School. He and Nathan spent their formative years sailing on Lake Macquarie. That put them in very good stead for representing us at Olympic level in this past and will do so again this year. Nathan Outteridge attended St Joseph's Primary School and St Paul's High School. We obviously have some wonderful athletes in the Lake Macquarie and Charlestown area. That is partly because we have some fantastic facilities, including the Northern NSW Football training centre at Boolaroo, which was established recently and built with support from Lake Macquarie City Council. I also recognise the input of the New South Wales Government in building that facility.