30th May 2023
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I want to acknowledge the extraordinary achievements of 24-year-old Emma-Sue Greentree from Bonnells Bay who has become an international light-heavyweight boxing champion, just seven years after she first picked up her gloves. In March Emma-Sue took out the bronze medal in her category when she competed at the International Boxing Association's Women's World Championships held in India.
Just a few weeks prior she brought home two gold medals from international boxing events held in Hungary and Bulgaria as part of the Australian team. She is also the current Australian amateur under-81kg boxing champion after competing at the National Amateur Boxing Competition in South Australia late last year. What makes Emma-Sue's achievements even more remarkable is that she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008 at age nine, and despite having to manage four daily injections she never stopped being enthusiastic about sport.
Emma-Sue has become an Ambassador for the Type 1 Diabetes Foundation and has mentored teenagers at camps to encourage them to continue with exercise and not to let their diagnosis stop them from achieving everything they want. I acknowledge and congratulate Emma-Sue on her achievements.
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