Paralympic welcome home celebration – Sydney

Australia’s Paralympians are set to be officially welcomed home at a celebration to be held in Martin Place next Tuesday, October 4, giving Sydneysiders and those who travel to the city a chance to congratulate their outstanding results.   There will be more than 40 athletes and medallists in attendance ready to greet fans, and talk about their experiences in Rio.

X-Games gold fuelling Jarryd Hughes’ hunger for Olympic glory

There are 500 days until the Pyeonchang 2018 Winter Olympics and NSWIS snowboard cross star Jarryd Hughes has his sights set on a gold medal after tasting success at the X-Games in January this year.   At just 18-years-old Hughes made his Winter Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Games, coming into the snowboard cross event ranked second in the FIS World Cup rankings and among the favourites.

Former Swifts teammates Hadley, Pettitt and Thwaites to reunite on court

Former NSW Swifts teammates Paige Hadley, Susan Pettitt and Caitlin Thwaites are set to reunite in late October as members of the Australian team to contest the Fast5 Netball World Series from October 29-30 in Melbourne.   The past week has been a turbulent one for the Swifts, with Thwaites and Sharni Layton announcing they would be leaving the strong Sydney-based side to join the new for 2017 Collingwood Magpies.

NSW high performance swimming develop six pillars for future success

The NSW swimming community has come together to collaboratively analyse the future of high performance swimming in NSW for 2017 and beyond, establishing six priorities in the process.   The move to reassess the future has come about following a tough period for the sport in NSW, with the state organisation now hoping to regain their position as one of the premier swimming states in Australia.

Paralympic gold medallist Tesch praises Olympic sailors for assistance

NSWIS sailor Liesl Tesch has praised her Olympian teammates for the assistance they provided Australian Paralympic sailors in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.   Australian sailing has had reason to celebrate after bringing home a combined seven medals, the most ever, from the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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Matt Graham

Matt Graham was part of the Perisher Winter Sports Club from the age of six. Since his international debut at 15 years old, Graham has gone from strength to strength and made his Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics following some fantastic form throughout the 2013 season.

Graham went on to secure his first silver medal at a World Cup in the 2014-15 season, then went one better in 2016 with a gold medal at the same competition. To cap off these personal best performances, Graham was named the 2016 Ski and Snowboard Australia Athlete of the year.

  • Sport Winter Sports – Freestyle Moguls
  • Age 21
  • Career Highlights Gold at 2016 World Cup in Deer Valley, USA
  • NSWIS athlete 7 years

Ellie Cole

Ellie has been around the international scene for almost a decade, making her debut in the green and gold at just 15 years old at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships. In her first World Championships she won a silver medal in the 50m backstroke. Two years later, Cole was selected for her first Paralympic Games in Beijing where she claimed one silver and two bronze medals in the 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle respectively.

At the London Paralympic Games, Cole didn’t just win one gold medal, she won four gold and two bronze medals. In doing so Cole achieved a dream of beating her arch rival and hero, South African Natalie du Toit, also a multiple gold medallist.

  • Sport (Para) Swimming
  • Age 24
  • Career Highlights Gold 4 x 100m Medley Relay 2012 Paralympic Games
  • NSWIS athlete 1 year

Angie Ballard

Angie Ballard has been involved in wheelchair racing for over a decade and has competed at every Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000. Since her first Paralympic Games, Ballard has worked hard, gained valuable experience and achieved much success.

Her earliest success came at the 2002 world championships where she won a gold medal in the 100m event. Ten years later, Ballard competed at the London Paralympic Games where she took home two silver medals and a bronze.

  • Sport Athletics (AWD)
  • Age 34
  • Career Highlights Gold in the 100m at the 2002 World Championships
  • NSWIS athlete 15 years

Ryley Batt

Ryley Batt is a world class wheelchair rugby player, representing Australia at three Paralympic Games and multiple world championships.

In 2004 Batt was the youngest member of the Paralympic team at just 15 and has now well and truly marked his place as one of the world’s best wheelchair rugby players.

  • Sport Wheelchair Rugby
  • Age 27
  • Career Highlights Paralympic gold medal at London 2012
  • NSWIS athlete 7 years

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