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Congratulations to gymnast, hockey pair on a fantastic Commonwealth Games



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Congratulations to gymnast, hockey pair on a fantastic Commonwealth Games Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke today congratulated a trio of Fremantle sportspeople - gymnast Lauren Mitchell, and hockey players Nicole Arrold and Nathan Burgers - for their medal-winning performances at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Ms Parke said the 2010 New Delhi Games was a resounding success for Australian athletes with the final medal tally showing Australia on 74 gold, 55 silver and 48 bronze - a total of 177 medals.

Ms Parke said she had maintained a keen interest in the Games as she watched them from home and was proud of Fremantle’s trio of elite athletes.

Lauren Mitchell won four gold medals and one silver medal in her individual and team events, while Kookaburra defender Nicole Arrold and Hockeyroo goalkeeper Nathan Burger played on the gold-medal winning hockey teams.

“Congratulations to all three on their fantastic performances. They each have done the Fremantle community, their families and Australia proud, “Ms Parke said.

“The Australian team has once again shown the sporting effort and the sporting conduct that reflects our character as an active, competitive, and good-humoured nation.”

“Throughout 10 days of gruelling competition the athletes never lost the smiles on their faces,” Ms Parke said.

“As well as success on the sporting field, the Australian athletes also donated $30,000 in money and uniforms to Indian charities.

“The money and uniforms will be split between three charities which provide health and sport leadership for underprivileged communities in India

“This is a wonderful gesture of friendship from our young athletes who have been great ambassadors for our country.”

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Media Statement Attn: News Editors/Chiefs of Staff Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Melissa Parke Federal Member for Fremantle