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Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Page: 2260


Mr HOGAN (PageDeputy Nationals Whip) (13:55): Teacher Troy Sodeau from Emerald Beach is on his way to fulfilling his dream of attending NASA. Troy teaches at Bishop Druitt College in Coffs Harbour and will have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after winning a scholarship to attend a NASA space camp at the world-renowned Cape Canaveral. The scholarship was open to applicants from around the world, and he was one of 10 successful applicants for the six-day program in June.

Troy's always had a passion for everything space and teaches electives such as astronomy and astrophysics. During his time at NASA, he will be introduced to astronaut training programs, high-performance jet simulations and various other mission simulators. He will also get to meet the current batch of NASA astronauts. It is a great opportunity for a teacher from the northern beaches of Coffs Harbour to attend such a prestigious facility. The experience that Troy will bring back will inspire those around him. I'm sure that the students and staff of Bishop Druitt College are as excited as Troy and his wife, Fiona, and six children, Cheyenne, Genevieve, Dempsey, Kynan, Calinda and Ali. Congratulations, Troy, on receiving this opportunity. I wish you all the best.