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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
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Mrs GRIGGS (Solomon) (09:59): I rise today to acknowledge some of the Territory's young local sporting champions. It gives me great pleasure to announce the following recipients of round 1 of the Solomon Local Sporting Champions grants. Tom O'Neill-Thorne will represent Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association playing with the Queensland junior side at the Slam Down Under New South Wales state championships at Albion Park. Due to Tom's outstanding ability, he was selected for the Australian under 23 squad. Congratulations to Tom.

Timothy Cox is the current judo state level champion of his weight division. He recently represented the Marrara Judo Club at the national championships in Wollongong. This was the first time that he had participated in this competition at a national level. Congratulations to Timothy.

Rhys Dowling is currently the No. 1 Australian ranked under 17 boys squash player and will represent the Pro Squash Academy, Northern Territory, as he defends his title at the Australian junior championships in Devonport. I wish him all the best.

Kyle Scrimegour will travel to Dubai later this year with the School Sport Australia under 16 cricket team. Kyle is a Northern Territory Institute of Sport cricket scholar and regularly represents the Territory at a national level. Congratulations to Kyle.

Joshua Fosdick was selected by Basketball Northern Territory to compete at Basketball Australia's under 16 national championships at Tamworth. He is a committed member of the Palmerston Power Basketball Club and I commend him for his involvement in providing basketball boots to disadvantaged Territorian youth. Congratulations, Joshua.

Sam Godden is representing School Sport NT at the 15 Years and Under Boys Australian Football Championships in Adelaide. Sam trains with the wonderful Territory Thunder and hopes to play professionally one day. Congratulations to Sam.

Lachlan McKenzie was also chosen to represent School Sport NT at the 15 Years and Under Boys Australian Football Championships in Adelaide. Like Sam Godden, Lachlan trains with the wonderful Territory Thunder and hopes to be an elite AFL player one day. Congratulations to Lachlan.

Julia Woods is currently representing School Sport NT, as part of the 12 years and under girls basketball team at the School Sport Australia combined basketball championships in Dandenong. Julia hopes to become a basketball coach in the future. Congratulations to Julia.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge Surf Life Saving NT. A team consisting of Ryan Kershaw, Matthew Fox and Isla McCaw recently competed at the national inflatable rescue boat championships. Congratulations to them. (Time expired)