Lake Macquarie Sports Awards

I commend Lake Macquarie City Council for recognising athletes, their families, sports administrators and the role of sport in contributing to a healthy community through holding the Lake Macquarie Sports Awards. Once again, the awards, which were held last Saturday, were a highlight of the Lake Macquarie calendar.

I congratulate Erin Cleaver, whom I was honoured to recognise with the Sports Scholarship for Athletes with a Disability. I have spoken about Erin in this place in the past, and in particular about her involvement in the IPC Athletics World Championships in 2015 and in Rio de Janeiro last year, when her dream of representing her country by competing in the Paralympics came true.

Erin competed in the T38 long jump event in Rio and placed fifth. She also competed in the T35-38 4x100 metres relay team and the team placed third—an outstanding achievement. I congratulate all the Lake Macquarie Sports Awards finalists, in particular those from my electorate: Imogen Petrie, Blake Carr, John Domandl and Alexia Hicks.