Genevieve Horton, Olympic Rower
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS ( Ku-ring-gai ) ( 16:23 :18 ): Most of us watch it but so few get the honour of experiencing it as a competitor. Of course I am talking about the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One who will be there flying the flag for us is rower Genevieve Horton, a proud product of the excellent sporting program at Pymble Ladies' College (PLC) in the electorate of Ku-ring-gai. Genevieve admits to trying a large range of sports at PLC before settling on rowing, and we are glad she did. It will be the first games for 21‑year‑old Genevieve. She will compete in the women's double scull from this Saturday as the youngest member of our rowing outfit. In fact the Rowing Australia record books had to be rewritten several years ago when she was selected as a member of the national women's eights at the age of just 18 years and 75 days. Despite this being her first Olympics, Genevieve will have a steady hand, as her partner in the double scull, Sally Kehoe, has experienced the pressure of Olympic competition before in 2008 in Beijing. Australia has a fine tradition in rowing at international level. We wish Genevieve, Sally and the entire Australian Olympic team every success.