Mr ENTSCH: I’m sure, Madam Deputy Speaker Chesters, you’ll agree with me that it’s important that we celebrate sporting events in our remote areas. Recently the remote Cape York community of Kowanyama held its Bob Sands Memorial Weekend. One of the significant events was the Kowanyama softball competition. For the second year running, it was coordinated by Tania Major, who was our 2007 Young Australian of the Year.
The first time it was held, I reached out to Liz Fresser of Cairns Softball, who generously provided the necessary second-hand equipment. With such a massive success in 2019, Tania was determined to do it again. This year’s challenge was a shortage of umpires, so I reached out to Liz and she was able to help in this time of need. Without hesitation, local softball icons Effie Sania and son, Sampson, said yes. The next challenge was to get Effie and Sampson to Kowanyama. Skytrans CEO Alan Milne quickly mobilised his crew to book flights, and off they went for the weekend.
The event was a roaring success, with the team Ma-Japurr winning over the Top End Raiders 15-3. I want to congratulate Tania, Alan, Liz, Effie and Sampson for ensuring this special event occurred. I’m certainly looking forward to 2023, when the teams will be playing for the Federal Member for Leichhardt’s Cup in the third softball competition in Kowanyama.