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Mr Deputy Speaker, as you know, the Wellington area has a proud sporting history, and today I wish to recognise the outstanding achievements of the sports people from the district who were recognised at the 14th annual Dubbo Sports Awards last Friday night.

The awards were organised in conjunction with your good self, Mr Deputy Speaker, and I thank you for that; the Dubbo City Sports Council and Dubbo Regional Council. Also in attendance was guest speaker Lisa Beehag, who was a former Australian netball player and coach of the Sydney Swifts. The award recipients from Wellington were: Sara Darney, who won selection in the Indigenous female cricket team; Tracey Hardie-Jones, who claimed bronze for Australia at the World Masters Hockey Cup and gold for New South Wales at the Australian National Masters hockey tournament; Thomas Atlee, who gained selection in the New South Wales Country Cyclones and Australian Merit under 15 indoor cricket team; Anthony Atlee, his brother, who was selected in the New South Wales Country Cyclones under 13 indoor cricket team; Naylise Thomas, who placed first in the junior girls freestyle and backstroke at the New South Wales PSSA carnival; Ella James, who was selected in the New South Wales All Schools touch football team; and Alistaire Thompson, who was selected in the Hunter and Western Hornets over 30 men's touch football team.

I am sure that all members of the House join me in congratulating the wonderful achievements of the sports men and women from Wellington and its surrounding districts. Well done. This House salutes you all.