13 August 2015

Ms TRISH DOYLE (Blue Mountains): I stand in recognition of the contribution of parents in my electorate who are supporting their children to participate in sport and thereby creating our next generation of athletes. The benefits of sport to the physical and mental health of children and young people cannot be overestimated. Physically active students are more likely to engage and achieve academically. Physically active children are more likely to mature into physically active adults. The benefits of sports programs extend beyond the individual and their families. Sport helps keep young people engaged and strengthens social cohesion, ultimately building a healthier community.

I wish to recognise three Blue Mountains families: the Kemp family of Faulconbridge and children Jack and Sarah Kemp, who are swimming champions in the making and have been selected to represent New South Wales at the Pacific School Games this year; the Drew family of Blaxland and son Jed who has gone on to represent the Sydney West region in the Australian Football League [AFL]; and the Quadrio family of Lawson and daughter Darian who was recently selected for the New South Wales Swimming Development Squad and won the under 19 1,500 metre swim at the All Schools Swimming Championships. I congratulate them all.