Members Statement: Kris Terzievski

Ms SPENCE: My congratulations also to Craigieburn boxer Kris Terzievski, who defeated Paul Gallen in a 10-round unanimous points victory to claim the Australian heavyweight title on 11 May. Kris has said that going into the ninth round was unknown territory for him, given the longest he had gone in his previous career fights was to eight rounds. He might have been exhausted, but that certainly was not going to stop him—and the bell going into the tenth round brought new motivation. As a result of this outstanding victory Kris is the first person in 100 years to hold the Australian and the Australasian titles simultaneously—a massive accomplishment—and is now number three in the country and 63rd in the world. At 32 Kris is looking at what comes next and is setting the bar higher still and aiming for world-level achievements. Well done, Kris. No doubt you will accomplish whatever goal you set next.