Chris Lane memorial field

Mr PEARSON (Essendon)  — I direct my adjournment debate tonight to the Minister for Sport, and the action I seek is that the minister join me at Boeing Reserve, Strathmore Heights, at the site of the proposed Chris Lane memorial field.

I have got to know Andrea Kane, who is the late Chris Lane’s sister, and this is what Andrea wrote:

Chris was tragically shot and killed while out for a run on August 16, 2013 while on a baseball scholarship in the states.

After Chris passed, his baseball community and friends put a petition together for a ground in his honour, the first little league ground in Australia. Chris loved baseball, but it wasn’t all about the game. It was about the friends he made while playing, the lessons he learnt and the opportunity it gave him. We want Chris’s ground to be built to make sure his dreams and achievements live on. We would love to see lots of kids getting to play on a real little league ground. These kids can have dreams about playing MLB or in stadiums around the world. The kids might hear stories about older guys who got the opportunity to travel or go to college.

The loss of Chris has had a profound impact on Andrea and Chris’s mother, and it would be wonderful if the minister could join me at the site of this proposed field.