Members Statement: Independence Cup and Badminton Tournament

Ros SPENCE (Yuroke) (15:37:03) — I rise to acknowledge all who participated in the 3rd Independence Cup Badminton Tournament, held at Craigieburn Leisure Centre on 18 and 19 August. This competition, organised by the South Asian Public Affairs Council (SAPAC) and Landmark Community Sports Club, drew quite a crowd and showcased the skills of some great badminton players. There were 26 doubles, eight mixed doubles and 16 juniors matches, with participating players from various suburbs across Melbourne. No doubt the competition was very tough.

Congratulations to all the participants, especially the following winners on their success: doubles winners Thomas and Devsi, doubles runners‑up Kashyap and Dev, mixed doubles winners Thomas and Anita, mixed doubles runners‑up Vinay and Trene, juniors doubles winners Areene and Alan, and juniors doubles runners‑up Trene and Lunic. No doubt Mr Subhash Varshney, Indian chief commissioner, customs and GST, Mumbai zone, visiting from Mumbai, was impressed by the competition.

Thanks to Neelam Rai from Creating Luxury, Colorbourne Graphics and Amar from PVR for sponsoring the event, as well as to the SAPAC team, who have always been supportive in the way they organise the Independence Cup Badminton Tournament. A special thankyou to the Landmark Community Sports Club members, without whom this tournament would not have been such a success. Well done to president and founder Satinder Chawla, vice‑president Paramdeep Singh, and members Anshuman Gulyani, Tejinder Singh, Dhermvir Nagpol, Sameer Secy, Manan Chawla, Navjot Singh, Rajinder Singh Duggal Ji, Raj Mohan Subash, Piyush and Chandan Chawla.