Congratulations Blake

I congratulate my constituent Blake Carr, who was selected to represent Australia at the Oceania Melanesian Regional Championships in Suva, Fiji, last month. Blake is a T/20 athlete with an intellectual disability. He is a well-regarded past student of Hunter Sports High School at Gateshead and even more impressively, he is a great supporter of the Butcher Boys Central Newcastle Rugby League team! Blake has been competing in athletics since 2011 through school sport, and since joining a club he has represented New South Wales twice—cross-country in 2013 and athletics earlier this year. Blake's outstanding performance at nationals gained him selection to represent Australia at the Oceania Melanesian Regional Championships. I am happy to report to the House that Blake ably represented Australia in Suva, with a second in the men's 100 metres and a third in the men's 200 metres. Well done, Blake. I look forward to catching up with you soon to hear all about your trip.