Taree, Australia – 3 March 2006 –The Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Lyne, the Hon. Mr Mark Vaile, together with Microsoft Australia today presented Taree local, Mr Tim Budden, with his trip to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games for winning Microsoft’s ‘Realising Potential Through Teamwork’ competition.
Mr Budden, a member of the Taree Community College Community Participation programme for young people with disabilities, won the competition for his outstanding multimedia presentation about teamwork.
Mr Greg Butler, Microsoft NSW State Manager, who visited the centre today to co-present the award, said the competition gave Unlimited Potential (UP) members the opportunity to put the skills they had learnt through the Microsoft programme into action.
“The standard of entries was really impressive, we picked Tim’s because he showed off his flair for music and poetry through the technology skills he had developed at the UP Centre,” Mr Butler said.
The competition required entrants to create a multimedia presentation which could take the form of a PowerPoint, Photo Story or digital movie using Movie Maker, a Flash media presentation, or another online multimedia presentation software format of choice.
“This competition is great testimony to how this important initiative can help members of our local community gain new skills and confidence through the use of technology,” Mr Vaile said.
“There is a wealth of potential here in Taree and with the right access to technology and training we have the opportunity to harness that potential,” he said.
The competition was run through Microsoft’s network of 200 UP centres across Australia. Unlimited Potential is a Microsoft community programme that provides technologically disadvantaged Australians with access to technology training, advice and support.
Microsoft runs the centres in conjunction with its community partners The Smith Family, Inspire Foundation, WorkVentures, Yarnteen and the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association.
“Tim put so much work into his entry and we are delighted he will have a chance to travel to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games,” said Ms Debra Nicholson, Assistant Executive Officer, Taree Community Centre.
Mr Budden’s prize includes two tickets to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, including airfares to Melbourne, overnight hotel accommodation and $300 spending money.
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