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About Nova Peris
Nova Peris OAM
Olympic Gold Medallist
YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR1997
Nova Peris was born in Darwin and was the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal. After becoming a mother at nineteen, Peris showed sheer determination to become a leading Australian athlete. She was a member of the Australian women’s hockey team during one of its most successful periods, culminating in victory at the Atlanta Olympic Games. An inspiration to many, particularly in the Indigenous community, Peris regularly volunteered her time to give motivational talks to children in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. After the 1996 Olympic Games the Young Australian of the Year surprised her hockey teammates by becoming a professional runner. Her decision was vindicated when she won two gold medals at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. In the lead-up to the Sydney Olympic Games Peris was the first runner in the Australian leg of the torch relay. She also made the semi finals for the 200-metre event.
Black Pearls by
Call Number: 796.08 TAT
Summary: Evonne Goolagong, Cathy Freeman, Nova Peris, Lionel Rose, Artie Beetson, Polly Farmer are just a few of our Australian sporting heroes who, since the mid-1880s, have helped shape Australia's identity as a great sporting nation. They, along with 261 other individual sporting greats, are showcased here in this new edition of the Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame. Spanning 36 sports across a period of 166 years, Black Pearls presents some of our Olympic heroes, superb sportswomen, football giants, boxing legends, lightning sprinters and more - from darts champions to world class weightlifters and woodchoppers. Black Pearls is more than a sports book. It reveals a history of inclusion and exclusion, about Aboriginal determination in the face of enormous obstacles, and resilience in overcoming remoteness, discriminatory laws, incarceration on isolated reserves, and opponents in a variety of sports arenas