Upper House Liberal MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated and commended Central Coast and Hunter athletes that won medals at Commonwealth Games.
“The Central Coast and the Hunter Regions are renowned for their tenacious and gutsy athletes, but winning so many medals is testament that the Academies of Sport and our grass roots local coaches have had great impact into these amazing athletes’ success” Mr MacDonald said.
“I want to congratulate and commend all the medal winners: Kurt Fearnley – Athletics - 1 Gold (Men's T54 Marathon) and 1 Silver (Men's T54 1500m), Matt Dawson – Hockey – Gold, Katie Ebzery – Basketball – Gold, Damian Martin – Basketball – Gold, Nastasha Scott – Lawn Bowls – 2 Gold, Dan Repacholi – 50m Pistol – Gold, Cameron Crombie – F38 Shot put – Gold, Aron Sherriff – Lawn Bowls Triples and Fours - 2 Silver, Erin Cleaver – T38 Long Jump – Silver, Lauren Parker – Para-triathlon – Bronze, Anja Stridsman - 60kg bout boxing - Gold Medal, Ellia Green –Rugby Sevens – Silver, Brad Woodward - 100m and 200m Backstroke – 2 Silver and Nicola McDermott – Womens’ High Jump – Bronze, on their historic achievements”.
“The training and work leading up to the Games I understand is both a grueling physical and emotional challenge. All these athletes, some who encountered significant barriers of injury fought through to achieve for not just themselves, but our Nation”.
“I was particularly pleased for Kurt Fearnley who was conferred the honour of carrying the Australian Flag in the closing ceremony. Kurt has been an inspiration to so many and his winning both Gold and Silver medals at this, his last Games, is a great way to retire – on top! I wish Kurt and his family all the best for the future”.
“There were a number of other athletes also from the Central Coast and the Hunter and while they did not win medals they too deserve praise for making it to the Commonwealth Games and I wish them well and hope they can achieve even more at future international events” Mr MacDonald concluded.