Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Steelers snatch gold in rugby skirmish

Joint Media Release with:

  • SENATOR KATE LUNDY Minister for Sport, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation

    SENATOR JAN MCLUCAS Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas today congratulated the Steelers on winning gold in the men’s wheelchair rugby final at the London Paralympics.

The Steelers dominated every quarter of the match to continue their winning streak and defeat Canada 66 – 51 – scooping Australia’s first gold medal in wheelchair rugby.

The victory is the ultimate prize for the Aussie team who lost to the United States in Beijing to take home silver at the last Paralympic Games.

The Steelers delivered a gutsy performance to storm the score line and grab gold for Australia.

All of Australia is proud of the Steelers for giving their all on the court to realise their dream of winning gold at the Paralympics.

The result is an inspiring feat and a credit to their drive, perseverance and commitment.

The Gillard Government is working towards a future where all Australian children and adults with disability lead lives of dignity and opportunity.

We are providing $1 billion to deliver the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to provide Australians with a disability the care and support they need, when they need it.

The Australian Government has also provided strong funding to support our Paralympic Team, committing over $13.7 million in 2011-12 for the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) and $2.7 million in Direct Athlete Support (DAS) to help Australia’s Paralympic athletes reach their potential.