Wednesday 3 July 2013
Hansard of the Legislative Council
DEBATE - DANIEL GEALE - IBF CHAMPIONSHIP
Mr FINCH (Rosevears) - Mr President, I
wanted to bring the members' attention to some news I have received through a
new site for Grange Old School Boxing, in respect of Daniel Geale. Whilst some
may not be close followers of boxing, we all recognise that Daniel Geale has
been the most outstanding performer in the history of Tasmanian boxing - he is
a two-time world champion. He is going to defend his world IBF championship and
the dates and location have been announced. This is a wonderful opportunity for Daniel and
his training staff and, of course, Sheena, who is very proud of him, and the
children. The fight is going to be in
America, at the Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The date
is Sunday 18 August, so it is not too far distant.
Dr Goodwin - Are you going?
Mr FINCH - You would love to, wouldn't you?
On the website there is an announcement that Daniel has arranged for one of his
fans to take a parent - so that will be a ticket for two - to America, to
attend the fight and meet up with Daniel there –
Mr Harriss - What are your chances, brother?
- Of taking his
Mr FINCH - Dad might not be able to come
with me. However, I could take a child - are you available?
Mr FINCH - I wanted to share that news
because we all acknowledge that Daniel is a wonderful ambassador for the sport
of boxing, and also a wonderful ambassador for Tasmania.
Mr Dean - And Australia.
Mr FINCH - He is from the member for
Windermere's electorate, I might point out, from Rocherlea. the way he
represents the sport, Tasmania, and now Australia is wonderful for us to
witness, and be part of the developing history of Daniel Geale. I will quote
Daniel in a message he sent:
I would like
to send out a big thank you for your overwhelming support over the last couple
of years, it's a great motivation for me to continue performing my best in the
fights ahead and I intend to do us all proud in the years to come.
adjourned at 5.42 p.m.