Louise Sauvage, OAM (born 18th Sept 1973) is one of Australia’s most successful athletes. Sauvage has nine gold and four silver medals, from four Paralympic Games, and three gold medals from the 800m demonstration event at three Olympic Games. She represented Australia at the 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001 and 2003 IAAF World Athletic Championships, winning gold in the 800m Wheelchair demonstration event each time.

The 2000 Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games were a career highlight for Sauvage who carried the Olympic Torch across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and lit the cauldron to mark the commencement of the Games. In the 800m demonstration race at the 2000 Olympics, Sauvage won gold before a home crowd of 110,000. She went on to win two gold medals and one silver medal at the Paralympics.

Undisputed number one female road and track racer in the world Sauvage has won some of the world’s most prestigious road races including the Boston, Los Angeles, Berlin and Honolulu Marathons.

Sauvage was an NSWIS Scholarship holder in the Wheelchair Track & Road Program from 1997 until 2004. She was a finalist for both the NSWIS Athlete of the Year Award in 2000 and the NSWIS Career Development Award in 2004.

She is employed by the NSWIS as an Assistant Coach in the NSWIS Wheelchair Track & Road Program.

Years on NSWIS scholarship

1997 - 2004

Paralympic medals

9 gold, 4 silver