Members Statement: Jackson Coombs

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke—Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Community Sport, Minister for Youth) (12:40): Today I rise to congratulate two locals from my electorate who are following their dreams and achieving their goals. Firstly, to Greenvale local Jackson Coombs, congratulations on being accepted into Harvard’s class of 2026. Jackson is 19, and attending the Ivy League university has been a long-held dream of the elite dancer. Although he started tap dancing at the age of nine, Jackson now dances in a number of different styles, including jazz, tap, ballet and hip-hop. Jackson finished at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar in 2020 with a score of 99.85 and went on to Melbourne University last year. He hopes to pursue a science-related major and of course join a dance team. I wish you all the best, Jackson. 2026 will come around before you know it.