Scot MacDonald
Newcastle University Athletes Earn Parliamentary Commendations
20th Oct 2017

Eleven Newcastle University students that were selected in Australian Merit Teams following their outstanding performances at the recent Australian University Games have earnt Parliamentary Commendations.

Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald was “so proud of the students” that on 20 October 2017 he moved a motion in the State Parliament’s Upper House to acknowledge and commend the athletes.  His motion was subsequently passed unanimously by MPs.

Eight athletes were conferred the great honour of being selected into the Australian Merit Teams:

  • Josh Voigt (Baseball)
  • Kim Williams (Netball)
  • Ellie Brown (Rugby Sevens)
  • Freya Roebuck and Cherub Lum (Basketball)
  • Jake Robinson, Mitchell Marsden and Laura Robinson (Water Polo)
  • Matthew George (Tennis)
  • Alex Langbridge and Sean Glachan (Touch)

“I am so proud of these amazing young athletes who have done the Hunter proud” Mr MacDonald stated.

“Newcastle University has 65 student-led sports clubs and clearly in view of the success at the Australian University Games these Clubs are making a great difference”.

“The Parliament also acknowledged Dr Simon Clulow for his continued dedication to numerous sports clubs and for his support of so many athletes.  I am aware that Simon has organised many Netball and Water Polo Teams from the University to participate across the State and without his efforts I am sure these athletes would not have so many opportunities to participate”.

“Newcastle University and its athletes are to be congratulated on such extraordinary achievements and I am delighted the Parliament voted unanimously to commend and acknowledge their outstanding achievements” Mr MacDonald concluded.


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