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Media Release by The Hon Bill Shorten MP

Winter Paralympians to Inspire a Nation

Joint Media Release with:

  • The Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for Sport

The Australian Government today sent its best wishes to Australia’s team ahead of the Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games this weekend.

“Sport shows us the great heights we as humans can reach and the hurdles that we can overcome. The Paralympics in particular show us the power we have to overcome adversity and shine,” Minister for Sport Kate Ellis said.

“Like all Australians, I watched with great pride as Torah Bright, Lydia Lassila and Dale Begg-Smith won medals at the Winter Olympics. I’m sure we’ll feel that pride again as our Paralympians hit the snow and ice,” Ms Ellis said.

Eleven Australian athletes and three guides will compete in the Games at many of the venues used at the Vancouver Winter Olympics last month. The nine male and two female athletes will compete across 14 events.

“This is the biggest team Australia has ever sent to a Winter Paralympic Games and it’s another great sign of the growing inclusiveness of elite sport in Australia,” Ms Ellis said.

“Our athletes, their guides, coaches and support staff have worked really hard over many years to reach the highest echelons of their sport. We wish them every success.”

Parliamentary Secretary Bill Shorten says our Winter Paralympians are great ambassadors both for Australia and for people with disability.

“Their commitment to getting the most out of themselves and competing for their country is inspirational,” he said.

“When Australians watch our Paralympians in action they see their achievements and not their impairments.

“These athletes are a powerful reminder of the talents and potential of people with disability and of what they can achieve if they are given an opportunity,” Mr Shorten said.

The Australian Government has supported the Australian Paralympic Committee with $1.8 million for the winter games program since 2006/07.

This year’s Vancouver Games team also includes eight Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holders – all in the alpine skiing disciplines.

More than 40 countries will participate in the Paralympic Winter Games, with about 1,350 athletes and team officials involved in the ten day event, which runs from 12-21 March.

2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games Team
Athletes Events Guide Home
Bart Bunting
AIS/NSWIS
Men’s Downhill
Men’s Super G
Men’s Super Combined
Men’s Giant Slalom
Nathan Chivers (AIS) Burwood, NSW
Shannon Dallas
AIS/NSWIS/AGSTG
Men’s Downhill
Men’s Super G
Men’s Super Combined
Men’s Giant Slalom
Men’s Slalom
Terrigal, NSW
Jessica Gallagher
AIS/VIS /AGSTG
Women’s Giant Slalom
Women’s Slalom
Eric Bickerton (AIS) Geelong, Victoria
Mitchell Gourley
AIS/VIS
Men’s Super G
Men’s Slalom
Men’s Giant Slalom
Geelong, Victoria
Toby Kane
AIS/NSWIS /AGSTG
Men’s Super G
Men’s Giant Slalom
Men’s Slalom
Paddington, NSW
Marty Mayberry
AIS/NSWIS/AGSTG
Men’s Super G
Men’s Giant Slalom
Men’s Slalom
Camperdown, NSW
Melissa Perrine Women’s Downhill
Women’s Super G
Women’s Super Combined
Women’s Giant Slalom
Women’s Slalom
Andy Bor Welby, NSW
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula
AIS/VIS/AGSTG
Men’s Super G
Men’s Giant Slalom
Men’s Slalom
Richmond, Victoria
Nick Watts
AIS/NSWIS
Men’s Super G
Men’s Giant Slalom
Men’s Slalom
West Pennant Hills, NSW
James Millar
VIS
Men’s Cross Country 20km Free
Men’s Cross Country Classic 10km
Men’s Cross Country 1km Sprint
Glen Iris, Victoria
Dominic Monypenny
TAS
Men’s Cross Country 15km
Men’s Cross Country Classic 10km
Men’s Cross Country 1km Sprint
West Launceston, Tasmania