9th August 2022
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I'd like to congratulate 26-year-old Carl Gibbons from Westlakes Athletics Club who has represented Australia on the world stage for the second time this year. Last month Carl donned a green and gold bib to compete in the World Athletics Championship in the USA. The 25-year-old began his athletics career at Wangi Wangi at the age of three. Since then, he's competed with Westlakes Athletics Club and proved his abilities time and time again. He still holds the club's U14, U15 and U17 1500m walk records for boys. He began competing in race-walking at a national level in 2011 and remarkably won his first State title in 2012. He then won his first national title just a few years later in 2015. Earlier this year he was the only Australian to compete in the 2022 World Race Walking Teams Championships in Oman, which is 35-kilometre walking event. I once again congratulate Carl on his outstanding achievements on the local, national and international sporting stage, and I look forward to seeing him compete in future championships.