Chloe Dalton - Olympic Champion
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS ( Ku-ring-gai ) ( 16:00 :52 ): From time to time we hear of sportspeople changing their direction mid-stream and finding their feet in an entirely different sport. Such is the case with Chloe Dalton, who is now an Olympic champion after our women's rugby sevens team won the gold medal game against New Zealand yesterday in Rio. The Aussie women won the decider 24-17 after sweeping all before them in their previous games. Chloe Dalton at 23 is another proud product of the sporting programs at Pymble Ladies College in my electorate of Ku-ring-gai. But while she is a try-scoring, goal-kicking stalwart of the Australian rugby sevens scene, it was not always that way.
Chloe had aspirations of representing her country in basketball, and in fact played at the elite level with the Sydney Flames in the national domestic competition. But two years ago she won selection in the national sevens rugby squad and has not looked back. I congratulate her and all her teammates on their gold medal victory in rugby's return to the Olympic stage after 92 years. Rio has been a happy hunting ground for Chloe, after she missed last year's sevens tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil due to a third break in her left arm, which required surgery and a lay-off from the game to ensure recovery for the Olympics.