Hansard ID: HANSARD-1323879322-117115
Hansard session: Fifty-Seventh Parliament, First Session (57-1)
Mr MARK COURE (Oatley) (18:24:31):
I acknowledge the Kogarah Cougars, who have been successful in receiving $5,000 from the New South Wales Government to get more women involved within the local rugby league community. Kogarah Cougars president, my good friend Koda Ghassa, is an outstanding advocate for boosting female participation. I personally thank him and his entire team for their commitment to supporting our local women when it comes to local sport, in particular rugby league. It was a pleasure to head over to Todd Park in Blakehurst to meet the inspiring women and girls who are benefitting from the funding, while discussing the importance of increasing female participation. Women's rugby league has seen an increase in registration numbers over recent years, with more women becoming interested in the sport. That is fantastic to see. That significant increase is thanks to individuals like Koda Ghassa who continue to encourage greater female participation. I also thank Georges River councillors Sam Elmir and Nancy Liu for joining me at Todd Park. I welcome the funding for local sport in our local community.