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Monday, 26 June 2000
Page: 18189

Ms GAMBARO (1:55 PM) —I would like to place on the record today the wonderfully successful Olympic torch relay that passed through the electorate of Petrie on 15 June. It made its historic journey across the Houghton Highway, across the waterfront at Clontarf, Woody Point and Margate and finally to Suttons Beach, where the cauldron was lit. It was a great day of celebration, with thousands showing up for the ceremonies. I would also like to make mention of two well-known residents on the peninsula, particularly Norman von Nida, who is undoubtedly one of the world's greatest golfers and who at 86 years of age took part in the ceremony, even though his eyesight is failing. He made a wonderful contribution. I would say he is the world's greatest golfer. At 86 years strong, he was joined by Joy Cardie. Joy is going to be the oldest person to run in the relay throughout Australia. I have to compliment Joy because, despite the fact that she had to overcome a minor stroke and a car accident in March, she was still able to take her place in the torch relay. She is to be commended for that fantastic effort.

It was a spectacular day. I thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations. It was wonderful to see the Nigi Nigi tribe also welcome the torch, and Maroochy Barambah, our wonderful opera singer from the Petrie electorate, was there to also be part of the ceremonies. I would like to congratulate everyone involved. (Time expired)