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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12803

Mr NAIRN —Australia has performed superbly well in many sporting events in recent times, winning a number of world championships. But we won another world championship last week which went relatively unnoticed throughout the media and that was the world fly-fishing championships held in the Snowy Mountains last week.

Opposition members —Shayne Murphy.

Mr NAIRN —Australia came out on top in the teams event. It was a great effort by the team and one member of the team was the individual winner as well. It was a great opportunity to showcase the Snowy Mountains to many countries from right around the world. There were 20 countries competing in the fly-fishing championship. Many of the Europeans I think had more trouble with the snakes than they did catching fish, unfortunately, but it was a great effort all round. I congratulate the members of the team: Ross Stewart from Victoria, who came first in the individual event; Shayne Murphy, as the members opposite called out, who came fourth in the individual event; Steve Seclier from Western Australia; Andrew Scott from Victoria; Pat Kennedy from my electorate of Eden-Monaro, who lives close to Queanbeyan; and the team captain Malcolm Crosse. Congratulations to that team on their world championship win. France came second in the championship and the third placing went to New Zealand. It was a great week in the mountains, with beautiful weather, and I hope that many of the fishers will come back to the area in the future. (Time expired)