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The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created to assist fans to travel across Australia to attend the National Science Fiction Convention (Natcon). NAFF assists fans to travel to the Natcon and, where possible, covers the costs of airfares and accommodation. The Natcon donates a convention membership. This year’s NAFF race is to the 51st Australian Natcon, Continuum 8, which will be held in Melbourne over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, 8th-11th June 2012.

It is expected that the winner will produce a report of their trip, engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races, and to help administer the NAFF race for the following two years.

Congratulations to John and Sarah Parker, winners of this year’s NAFF race. We look forward to seeing them both at Continuum 8!

2012 NAFF Nominees

Sean Broughton-Wright

A fan reviewer and commenter writing at Adventures of a Bookonaut, Sean promotes Australian speculative fiction authors, publishers and community news. In 2011 he ran an interview series on ‘Authors & Social Media’, featuring the likes of Marianne de Pierres and Margo Lanagan. He submits audio interviews to the fan produced Galactic Chat podcast; Claire Corbett being his most recent. His cunning plan at Continuum is to record audio interviews; file a daily report and tweet selected panels. He will gladly participate in panels or con activities that match his expertise.

Nominated by: Alisa Krasnostein (WA), Tansy Rayner Roberts (Tas) and Alexandra Pierce (Vic)

John and Sarah Parker

Sarah and John Parker are Perth Fans with over 50 conventions between them, including the ones they have run. They love to volunteer at conventions, make art, write stuff, and have won a number of Tin Ducks and a Marge Hughes Award between them for their efforts. They have both served on the WASFF Board, but don’t let that fool you. They have also attended and hosted more room parties than is good for them and both once got turfed out of the Gin Palace at 3am! Please come to their NAFF Fundraising parties at Swancon and Continuum this year!

Nominated by: Ju Landéesse (WA), Sarah Xu (Qld), Dave Cake (WA)